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The UK’s construction sector ended 2016 well, according to BBC News, expanding at the fastest pace for nine months in December, according to a closely watched survey. Housebuilding remains a key engine of growth for the construction sector, with the latest upturn the fastest for almost one year. Meanwhile, commercial activity was the weakest performing category in December, reflecting an ongoing drag from subdued investment spending and heightened economic uncertainty.


Injury Statistics within the Construction Industry

In 2016, HSE statistics estimated 4.5 million working days were to have been taken off due to non-fatal for the 2015-2016 period with 621,000 injuries averaging just over 7 days off per injury. Looking more specifically into the construction industry, HSE Statistics stated 2.2 million days were taken off from the 66,000 reported non-fatal injuries, averaging over a month off per injury! With an incredible 22% of injuries within construction being directly involved with carrying, lifting and handling of objects on site.


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Current Affairs

On April 12th, 2017, an article was posted by MRW, which tells us of a building firm’s director illegally storing waste on site, which incurred costs of around £10,000. Which seems silly as legislation dictates how to store construction waste. With the provision of bulk containers and other large external 1100 litre containers, your site will be able to segregate as much waste as possible or collect it on in one container which would have help avoid the £10,000 in legal expenses. However why stop at saving money on just storage, when the manual handling of waste still wasn’t addressed, which as stated before is the cause for 22% of injuries within construction. This means employees would still have to: lift, carry and unload waste into these large containers and still risking injury to the employees, as a result of not taking safety measures the company dissolved just over a month after the director appeared before the magistrates.



What this means for Business?

Effects on Business

With the injury to employee density rate being higher than the average 1920 injuries for every 100,000 workers, no wonder construction businesses do not hit their deadlines. especially when employees are off for weeks at a time through injury! Each injury averaging £7400 in economic costs! Missing deadlines and no workforce will only lead to extra expenses, such as contractors as they will often incur additional overhead costs and may lose the opportunity to begin other work as the work rate has been bottle necked in the absence of employees. Owners may lose rent, tenants, sales, public incentives, or financing opportunities. Which becomes a never-ending cycle of delays. Halting business and adversely affecting a company’s bottom line.

Effects on Employees

When in the working environment, no-one ever expects to get injured. But what happens to the injured employee’s colleagues? Firstly, it slows down business on the day as the health of the injured colleague becomes a priority, this creates an initial backlog of tasks to be completed and time working to be made up, however this is left to be done within the now fewer numbers in the work place. Generating more work for employees which goes hand in hand with stress due to an unforeseen extra workload and tasks to be delegated throughout the rest of the cohort and unsurprisingly 18% of the days off incurred are due to: stress, depression and anxiety which is equal to 400,000 days off within the construction industry, estimated annually between 2013-2016 by HSE Statistics. This increases the damages to a company as it means there is further delay’s due to more employees having to be relieved over a period of time costing even more to the company.

Benefits of Improving the Injury Rate

Within the construction industry, the rate of injury is substantially higher than most other industries, and combatting this rate of injuries construction would allow for more cost cutting which is key to companies in time of uncertainty due to political movements.

22% of the 2.2million days taken off were incurred due to manual handling never happened, which equates to 484,000 working days were taken off that’s an incredible amount of time, productivity and economic gain all lost. Now imagine the 22% of injuries never happened, and Looking at the houses completed in 2012, houses built for sale, on average, register the shortest time from permits to completion – between 5 and 6 months. Houses built on owner’s land take longer – about 8 months if built by a contractor, averages from Eye On Housing. assuming that all of the housing was built on owners land (the longest period to completion) 8 months is 248 days per home. The working days lost, could have been spent building homes which would have led to another 1950 homes being built, which is a monumental amount in just the working days lost within just a year. That’s a lot of economic income lost, is it really affordable in the current uncertain climate?


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S-Craft Workplace Equipment UK Ltd: Solution

At S-Craft Workplace Equipment Uk Ltd, the sole distributer of Bin Tippers within the UK, we can provide a whole package of safety equipment for manual handling. More specifically the lifting, carrying and handling processes of the bins. In this world of technology, S-Craft Workplace Equipment UK Ltd can offer: electrical tugs, bin tippers and 1100 litre bins. This would enhance the safety level of any employee as the system would mean there’d be no need to carry loads due to the unique features of our electric tugs, the handling of waste would decrease dramatically as you wouldn’t need to handle the bins except for when transferring the bin from the electric tug to the bin tipper, which in turns lifts and tips the bin into a container to store the waste. Meaning the 120.4 million tons of waste produced by the construction industry could be processed and reduce risk of injury, this positively affects the business’ net profit and increases efficiency.

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