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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 be permanently damage hearing. Find out more.

Construction dust

There are many type of dust that can cause respiratory problem. 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 wide range of guidance and advice documents. 

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 (2014/15) 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 occupational health service provision 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.

Health CPD seminar 2016

This CPD seminar will:

  • Lay out the causes of ill-health in the UK construction industry. 
  • Identify practical steps to prevent or reduce the harms to which construction workers and the public are exposed.
  • Address the well-being of construction workers who are involved in the project after practical completion.
  • Discuss the health of those using structures as workplaces.
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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