New research by leading business insurance website Constructaquote.com, revealed that two thirds of construction workers feel safer in their work environment than they did this time five years ago. While, just under one tenth of those polled in the study had suffered an injury from their job whilst at work.
Constructaquote.com surveyed 1,849 UK workers aged 23 and over In order to garner a valid set of results, each respondent had worked at least five years or more within the construction industry, in a variety of different sectors (building, plumbing, carpentry, electricians etc). 73 per cent stated that they were either ‘self-employed’ or a ‘part-time freelancer.’
67 per cent agreed that they felt safer and more secure when at work than they did this time five years ago, and when to expand and list the main reasons behind this, the most common answers given were revealed as follows:
- Better on-the-job safety training (58 per cent)
- A more safety-aware boss/employer (32 per cent)
- Better implementation of health and safety guidelines put in place (17 per cent)
- Stricter laws within the industry for companies to adhere to (12 per cent)
- I am better/more confident in my job (6 per cent)
28 per cent said they were most likely to feel unsafe or insecure with their jobs if they did not have enough work coming in to make a substantial income to support my family. Only 9 per cent said that they had suffered a serious injury at work, requiring either medical attention or time off work, during the past five years. Of this percentage, 13 per cent revealed that the cause of their injury had been as a result of neglect or lack of safety measures on their employer’s part.
Lyndon Wood, CEO and creator of Constructaquote.com said: “I think in terms of employee’s health and safety the results of our study and the fact that so many workers feel safer than they did five years ago are extremely positive. Of course, working in an industry such as construction is never going to be as risk-free as working in an office, but that is just the chance that many individuals who love their job have to take every day.” He continued: “It is also telling that almost half of workers consider their biggest worry at work to be what would happen to their income should they sustain a serious injury or illness. It is examples such as this that emphasize why it’s so important a strong insurance policy is put in place within all UK construction companies, not just for business owners, but also for employees peace of mind.”