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Workplace ill health kills and ruins lives in the construction industry.

Industry statistics indicate that a construction worker is at least 100 times more likely to die from disease caused or made worse by their work as they are from a fatal accident. 

This section explores each of the significant health risks identified by The Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Find out more by clicking on each topic. 


Every week, on average, 20 tradesman die from exposure to asbestos in the UK. Find out more. 

Construction noise

Regular, frequent exposure to loud noise can permanently damage hearing. Find out more.

Construction dust

There are many types of dust that can cause respiratory problems. Find out more.


Contact Dermatitis (also known as eczema) is inflammation of the skin. Find out more. 

Musculo-skeletal disorders

Construction activities that involve manual handling present a significant risk of Musculo-skeletal disorders (MSDs). Find out more. 

Solar radiation

Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun can cause skin damage. Find out more. 


Stress at work is a major issue. Find out how to prevent work related stress and comply with the law.


Hand-arm vibration can be transmitted from construction work activity. Find out more. 

All health and safety guidance (HSG) publications

View the HSE's range of advice and guidance documentation. 

Occupational Cancer in Great Britain

Many work and non-work related factors can cause cancer.

HSE summarise the estimated cases of occupational cancer, known carcinogens and other useful statistical information.

Health and safety statistics

Where to start with health and safety statistics? View key figures for Great Britain (2016/17) released by the Health and Safety Executive.

Occupational health risk management in construction

This document, prepared by the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC) Health Risks Working Group, offers advice on assessing the risks to health in the construction industry and the role of the occupational health service in preventing or controlling those risks.

It’s aimed primarily at employers, but other health and safety professionals may find it useful, particularly in identifying their roles in the management of occupational health risks in construction.

Guidance for Occupational Health Exam

Please refer to this document as background reading and research into statistics, prior to taking the Occupational Health Exam.

It may be useful to have some of this information open on your desk top while sitting the exam.



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