Even though official figures show there has been a drop in workplace accidents in the building trade, they are still more frequent than in other industries. Most injuries within the construction environment involve the hands and/or arms, and serious accidents or fatalities have a deep social and economic impact on everyone involved: the company, the employer and the employee. It is vital to prevent these from happening in the first place.

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Building trade Transport, water, gas, electricity, press, communications Metallurgy Wood, paper, textiles, clothing Chemicals, rubber

Every year, serious and fatal injuries to workers have a devastating social and emotional impact on victims,

their families, their colleagues and the company s management. It makes sense for employees to protect

themselves at all times, no matter how small the risk. As we all know, it s better to be safe than sorry. Data

from France is used for the graphs below; the figures are in fact similar in all main industrialized countries.

Financial cost of workplace accidents (source: Carsat, France 2011)

Average cost of lost-time accidents (including work-related ill health) (source: Carsat, France 2011)

Average cost of occupational accidents causing permanent disability (including work-related ill health) (source: Carsat, France 2011)

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