9Playing Safe – Building Responsibly

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Introduction

This chapter discusses how safety has become an important factor in building design, in construction and in use.

Construction is a relatively dangerous activity compared with other industries such as manufacturing. Construction sites, in particular, are dangerous places with a disproportionate number of accidents – some of which are fatal. Although the construction industry accounts for only about 5% of the employees in Britain it still accounts for 27% of fatal injuries and 9% of reported major industries. In 2010 there were 50 fatal injuries and 2.3 million work days were lost due to ...

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