The state of health and safety in the UK construction industry with a focus on plant operators

D. J. Edwards, J. Nicholas

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Using statistics obtained from the Health and Safety Executive, compares accident rates occurring within the UK construction industry to the accident rates occurring within other industries; then assesses and discusses these. Results reveal that the construction industry is arguably the most hazardous industry and has consistently recorded a poor accident record. Off-highway plant and equipment is a considerable contributor to the industry's infamous record. Then assesses accidents relating to individual plant items and discusses the underlying reasons for such accidents. Part of the problem stems from poor mechanical design but in the majority of cases the operator is at fault. Training programmes and initiatives have previously attempted to address this problem but regrettably the Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations do not enforce mandatory training and certification. Provides a potential solution to this problem through the use of psychometric test development. Hypothesizes such an approach as representing a useful technique for both improving the skills and competence of existing operatives, and aiding the selection process when hiring new operatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)78-87
Number of pages10
JournalStructural Survey
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Accidents
  • Construction industry
  • Health and safety
  • Psychometric tests
  • Trends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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