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Falling Hazards in the Construction Industry

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In the United States, over 21% of occupation fatalities are attributed to the construction industry although it only has around 8% of the workforce. In the UK on the other hand, the injury rate has escalated in the years between 2004 and 2007 with a fatal industry rate of 16 out for every 1000 workers. in China, construction industry accidents are presently overwhelming one-third of the country’s industrial accidents while in Kuwait, they accounted of over 40%.
The foundation of this paper is based on that key stakeholder in the construction industry including employees such as engineers, fabricators and manual workers, as well as owners and contractors stand to benefit from an overall understanding of factors contributing to falls in the construction sector. This way, they are in a better position to practice and direct safety intention efforts that will reduce the number of fall-related accidents in the industry. Taking cognizance of the fact that most statistical figures place falls at the top cause of accidental death in the construction industry, policymakers benefit in that they can inform the design of the policy. Additionally, owners and contractors gain by increased safety of their investments and the workers in the direct security of their working environment. However, there are myriad factors that are relevant to the understanding of work-related incidences. these have been queried through numerous studies. surveys, interview case studies, accident reports and observations (Arboleda and Abraham, 2004). Given the complexity and multiplicity of the underlying factors, it is a very challenging endeavor to build an overall understanding, which has to some extent contributed to the continued risk factor.