Essay on A Report On The Construction Industry

1550 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
The construction industry is one of the high risk industry with more number of injuries and fatalities reported compared to other industries. The construction industry has also been performing poorly on health and safety of its employees.
In New Zealand, the construction sector is the sixth largest sector which employs 180,000 people. The Construction Sector Action Plan of 2011 suggests that the construction industry in New Zealand had the highest rate of fatal injury making it almost thrice the average of all other sectors. This rate rose in 2008 making the construction industry as largest contributor to work related accidents and deaths. The workers in construction industry are also facing illness and health related issues such as mesothelioma, asthma, asbestos and other lung diseases.
These facts suggests that the fatalities and illness of construction workers will affect their families and even economy. Hence there is a need of Safety in design (SiD) to reduce the construction related injuries and illness.
In order to ensure the Health and safety of the workers The New Zealand Construction Industry Council (NZCIC) worked effectively to develop strategies to overcome the problems faced in construction industry. The NZCIC defines SiD as:
“A process of eliminating or controlling risks to health and safety as early as possible in planning and design of items that comprise a workplace or are used or encountered at work”
This definition by NZCIC suggests that the SiD is about…

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