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Contractors World - 2015 Vol 5 No 2

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Construction Remains a High-Risk Industry

Over the past 5 years I have often commented on the need to improve safety on site. There can never be too much safety provided it is implemented correctly so as to enhance productivity and not impede it.

This issue highlights some recent advances in safety solution with 360° safety zone surveillance for excavators as well as management policies.

However, as the tragic accident in Mecca has illustrated, accidents - i.e. unforeseen incidents - will continue to occur. I have not done any research but in my 30 years in the business I cannot think of any one incident where so many ordinary people (not site workers) lost their lives and many more where injured.

The crane supplier and the contractor involved are both extremely professional companies and I suspect that investigations will show that it was the coming together of several factors - a perfect storm scenario.

An extremely severe dust storm followed by rain and high winds probably placed unimaginable stresses on the massive crane. Whatever the investigation shows, it only goes to highlight the high-risk nature of the construction industry. And that is my point.

The construction industry, by definition, is an unsafe environment. Every excavation is a potential trap. Every lift has its risks. Every scaffolding tube, coupling or plank is a temporary solution. People are required to work at height; to operate machinery in and around workers, etc.

Fortunately incidents are getting fewer as the industry gets ever more safer. And, fortunately for those who are the victims of an accident in the construction industry there is The Lighthouse Club with its various reach-out services and benevolent funds to provide some relief to those whose life has been impacted as a result of an accident.

Like so many charities, much of the work that The Lighthouse Club does goes unnoticed other than by those that have benefitted from the generosity of the construction industry.

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