There’s no doubt about it – construction is a high risk industry – it can be dangerous, and cause unnecessary safety concerns to firms across the world. Accordingly to Health and Safety Executive, in 2013, 32% of all fatal injuries to workers were in construction. This it the highest number fatal injuries annually in any industry. A majority of these injuries were caused by workers falling from tall heights on active construction sites.
To top it all off, an “estimated 2.3 million working days were lost in 2013, 14, 1.7 million due to ill health and 592 000 due to workplace injury, making a total of 1.1 days lost per worker. Injuries and new cases of ill health resulting largely from current working conditions in workers in construction cost society over £1.1 billion a year.” Reference: http://www.hse.gov.uk/Statistics/industry/construction/index.htm.
The good news is that this decade has shown us significant reductions in the rate of injury. In the article below, USA's BuiltWorlds showcases Autodesk’s Stacy Scopano, where he discusses how to improve best safety practices in the field. "How Technology Can Cultivate a Culture of Greater Safety" helps us understand how the use of a BIM process can help improve project construction safety. Hopefully this can teach us all a few lessons on how to improve safety, save lives and make the world a better place during the lifecycle of every construction project, no matter what the task.
Read the article "How Technology can Cultivate a Culture of Greater Safety" here.