Who has the most Dangerous Job in Construction?


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By Oliviah Rix-Taylor

on Wednesday 31 January 2018


Construction person

Construction injuries are common – but why? Well, aside from the obvious - working at height, in demolition, and with power tools - there are other issues relating to the culture of working on the tools.

Those who work on site know the pressure of deadlines, and sometimes health and safety procedures just plain slow you down. Especially those that were made by people who have probably never worked on site in their life.

Not only that, skilled tradesmen are often thin on the ground and labourers end up doing jobs that they just don’t have the training for. But can you really blame them? When their jobs only last as long as they’re needed, it’s not surprising they are willing to work harder and ignore safety concerns.

We asked some local construction workers what they thought about the industry…

 

Peter – Working Foreman

  1. Do you think you have the most dangerous job on site?
  2. No but I have the most responsibility for the other boy’s safety. I think Rhys will have the most dangerous job because I make him do all the dangerous stuff!
  3. Have you ever had an accident on site?
  4. No, never.
  5. Do you know what you would do for income if you were injured onsite and unable to work?
  6. I would rely on savings.
  7. Do you agree that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK?
  8. Yes, I definitely agree.
  9. What do you think causes the most accidents on site?
  10. Employing people for specific jobs but then they end up on tasks where they don’t know what they are doing.

 

Rhys – Multi operative (semi-skilled labourer).

  1. Do you think you have the most dangerous job on site?
  2. Yes I think I get asked to do some of the most dangerous jobs.
  3. Have you ever had an accident on site?
  4. Yeah loads but I’ve never hurt myself badly. I did once scrape the side of my bosses Aston Martin (ouch).
  5. Do you know what you would do for income if you were injured onsite and unable to work?
  6. I’ve never thought about it but I probably should have.
  7. Do you agree that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK?
  8. Yes, I definitely agree.
  9. What do you think causes the most accidents on site?
  10. Going underneath old buildings (Your guess is as good as mine as to what Rhys meant by this).

 

Adrian – Senior Trade

  1. Do you think you have the most dangerous job on site?
  2. No, I’ve never thought of my job as being dangerous.
  3. Have you ever had an accident on site?
  4. Yes. I was run over with a dumper truck (I’m sorry, what?). The boy’s had to lift it off me with the JCB.
  5. Do you know what you would do for income if you were injured onsite and unable to work?
  6. Yes, I have insurance to cover me should anything happen. It definitely gives me peace of mind.
  7. Do you agree that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK?
  8. Yes it has got to be one of the most dangerous jobs out there.
  9. What do you think causes the most accidents on site?
  10. Working with people who don’t know what they’re doing (like dumper truck drivers?).

 

 Tom. J – Carpenter / Roofer

  1. Do you think you have the most dangerous job on site?
  2. No not the most dangerous.
  3. Have you ever had an accident on site?
  4. Not so far.
  5. Do you know what you would do for income if you were injured onsite and unable to work?
  6. I’ve never thought about it.
  7. Do you agree that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK?
  8. Yes I definitely agree with that.
  9. What do you think causes the most accidents on site?
  10. I think working from height and power tools cause the most accidents.

 

Tom. L – Bricklayer / Demolition

  1. Do you think you have the most dangerous job on site?
  2. It is a dangerous job but I wouldn’t say the most dangerous on site.
  3. Have you ever had an accident on site?
  4. Yes, I was shutting the gate to site one night and the wind caught it. I had hooked my foot into the bottom to lift it so it pulled my ankle over at an awkward angle. Peter was beeping the horn and revving the engine but he came and helped. Eventually.
  5. Do you know what you would do for income if you were injured onsite and unable to work?
  6. I don’t know.
  7. Do you agree that construction is the most dangerous industry in the UK?
  8. Yea it’s got to be.
  9. What do you think causes the most accidents on site?
  10. The demolition side of work is very dangerous. Easy for accidents to happen there.

 

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