Hot Topic #3
Construction safety
Here is our list of examples dealing with construction safety:

Please note that this is only a random selection of examples of good practice and this list is not supposed to and cannot be complete.

To learn more, you can go to our TOOLBOX and search for the title of the example (please note that the database search takes some time), go to the GOOD PRACTICE area (if the example is presented there) or follow the link to the project or partner web site.

BYGGESIKKERHED (Construction Safety) (Denmark)
BYGGESIKKERHED.DK is a multimedia website dealing with construction safety. The website is available in four languages: Danish, English, Polish and German. It contains 15 different areas, each of them covering one profession at the construction site: bricklayer, scaffold builder, glazier, floor fitter, construction builder, mason paviour, building builder, electrician, painter, demolition worker, roofer, carpenter, plumber, asphalt worker and safety representative.
For every profession, a humorous video clip starring "Bent E" puts a focus on the special safety requirements. In addition, a collection of facts is available, as well as "Tasks", a kind of quiz to show what the user has learned so far.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Improvement of safety climate and safety: a multi-level integrated, management-based safety on construction sites (Denmark)
The project should help to reduce the risk of serious occupational accidents on Danish workplaces by developing a method which ensures that the security at the workplace will be a part of management's daily decisions.
The overall objective of the project is to test and implement a multi-level integrated, management-based safety system, that directly involve osh organisation, presidents, middle management and senior management in the prevention of occupational accidents in the building and construction industry.
The project combines intervention elements targeting ’knowledge and attitudes’, behavioral changes as well as changes in safety climate. The components of the integrated, management-based safety consists of teaching and training, individual objective (goal setting) and feedback and personal coaching related to improving communication, safety environment and precautions at the construction site.

App for construction Safety (Denmark)
BAR BA has developed an App for iPad, iPhone, Android tablet and Android smartphones. The app contains all materials from Industry occupational safety and Health Council for the Building & Installation, so you always have them at hand.

ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction (UK)
Written and edited by experienced construction industry professionals, ICE Manual of Health and Safety in Construction provides invaluable practical guidance on how hazards can be removed, controlled or managed, from the initial design and planning stages, through construction, to asset maintenance and eventual demolition, to help maintain the safety and health of workers and others involved in or affected by construction projects.

Mobile Crane Failures: Why Maintenance and Inspections Are Critical (Canada)
When crane inspection or maintenance is skipped or isn’t thorough, critical parts can fail, with devastating effects. A video by WorkSafeBC
Video (on YouTube)

Håndbogen (Denmark)
This manual is a work of reference for the working environment in the building and construction industry. The manual provides guidelines on good working environment practice and on how the rules of the Working Environment Act can be followed within enterprises and on building sites.
The manual has been published by Branchearbejdsmiljørådet for Bygge & Anlæg, with specialist assistance from Working Environment Authority experts in the field of building and construction.

Construction Professionnel Card (TPC Project) (Spain)
The Spanish Fundación Laboral de la Construcción (Labour Foundation for the Construction Industry) has launched the project "Construction Professionnel Card" to improve standardization in OSH for the construction sector.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

Construction safety and accident prevention video (Portugal)
A video by the University of Porto, Faculty of Engineering, featuring Alfredo Soeiro about accident prevention in construction industry and at construction sites, especially in temporary structures.

Prevention Videos – Construction Hazards (USA)
The videos by Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA of the United States Department of Labor below show how quickly workers can be injured or killed on the job and are intended to assist those in the industry to identify, reduce, and eliminate construction-related hazards.

Online Training for young workers (USA)
A website by Georgia Tech Research Institute, Center for Young Worker Safety and Health with a couple of online courses for young workers.

OSHA Fall Prevention Campaign (USA)
This website by Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA of the United States Department of Labor is part of OSHA's nationwide outreach campaign to raise awareness among workers and employers about the hazards of falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs. The educational resources page gives workers and employers information about falls and how to prevent them. There are also training tools for employers to use and posters to display at their worksites. Many of the new resources target vulnerable workers with limited English proficiency.
Campaign website

Young Workers Safety Topics Videos (USA)
A selection of videos by Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA of the United States Department of Labor about work-related dangers and risks in construction and landscaping. The construction safety videos are available in English and Spanish, the landscaping safety videos are available as images and text in addition.
Video website

Construction risks: an apprentice's view (UK)
A video produced by the British Safety Council shows a young construction apprentice working on a new block of flats who talks about workplace risks and how learning new skills includes doing the job safely.

A tailored approach to OSH training based on interactive training complex(Russian Federation)
This website provides information and training on hand saftey, using hand tools and gloves.
Hand injuries including cuts, strained muscles and tendons, damaged nerves, skin disorders, and burns can impact the quality of work, productivity – and even end careers. Understand the risks. Learn how to protect your hands, including what to look for when choosing and using hand tools and gloves.
Video presentation

Choose Hand Safety(USA)
A video-based training program for workers in the construction sector in Siberia, by Kuzbass interdisciplinary Centre for Occupational Safety.

CPWR Website(USA)
This website provides infromation, resources and links to other websites related to this topic or promoting CPWR projects and campaigns.

Disaster Response(USA)
CPWR has developed a dynamic interactive worker training program to prepare skilled construction workers to use their skills in support of disaster response efforts. Based on lessons learned from the rescue and clean up after the World Trade Center, the Oklahoma federal building bombing, and other major disasters, this training program prepares workers to recognize hazards, to use the right personal protective equipment and decontamination procedures, and how to fit into the Incident Command system.

elcosh - Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health(USA)
The Electronic Library of Construction Occupational Safety and Health ( was developed to provide accurate, user-friendly information about safety and health for construction workers, employers, researchers and others interested in construction safety and health from a wide range of sources worldwide.
The library offers presentations, images, videos and documents dealing with condtruction safety and accident prevention in the construction sector.

Stop Construction Falls(USA)
Falls kill – they are the top cause of construction fatalities and account for one-third of on-the-job injury deaths in the industry. Each year in the U.S. more than 200 construction workers are killed and over 10,000 are seriously injured by falls.

Work safely with Silica(USA)
Workers may be exposed to dangerous levels of silica dust when cutting, drilling, grinding, or otherwise disturbing materials that contain silica. These materials and tasks are common on construction jobs. Breathing that dust can lead to serious, often fatal illnesses. This campaign offers information that workers – and contractors – need to know to recognize the hazard, understand the risk factors, and work safely with silica.

Non-binding guide to good practice for understanding and implementing Directive 92/5 (Europe)
This non-binding guide gives practical information for understanding and implementing Directive 92/57/EEC on the minimum safety and health requirements at temporary or mobile construction sites. This publication will be available in printed format in English, French and German and in electronic format in all other EU official languages. A CD containing 22 language versions (Catalogue number: KE-31-11-011-1X-Z, ISBN 978-92-79-19096-4) will also be available.

Youth programme for the construction industry (Germany)
Since the 1980s, the BG BAU is supporting the interplant training centres in imparting of different issues of occupational safety and health by a complete training programme. Trainers and trainees know it by the slogan “Youth programme”.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area
E- Mail contact

Safety and Construction e-learning course (Portugal)
An online course in English and Portuguese, covereing several aspects of construction safety: Site Planning, Scaffolding, Vehicles, Protective Equipment, Excavations, Listing, Site Cleaning, Ergonomics and Ladders.

Nail Gun Safety: A Guide for Construction Contractors (USA)
Nail guns are widely used on many construction jobs, especially in residential construction. While they boost productivity they may also cause tens of thousands of painful injuries each year. This publication is intended to provide a resource for residential home builders and construction contractors, subcontractors, and supervisors to prevent these kinds of injuries.
PDF file

The Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) (Canada)
The Construction Safety Training System (CSTS) is a CD-ROM-based course developed by the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) that uses interactive multimedia including full-motion video and sound. CSTS training is a requirement on most job sites in Alberta and a growing number of jobsites in BC. Participants receive instruction on various health and safety topics and are then tested for 100% mastery. Training is completed in about 5 hours, after which a CSTS certificate is issued.

Safe Work in Construction 2005 (Poland)
This program was organised by The National Labour Inspectorate (PIP) in the years 2004 – 2005. The campaign included seminars, competitions, meetings, open days, and presentations. Open days organised all over the country – presentations of safe constructions, personal protective equipment, meetings, and seminars for representatives of trade unions and employers of construction sector, competitions for the young and programs in schools for construction sector.
This example can be found in detail in our GOOD PRACTICE area

The Construction Safety Toolkit (Canada)
This toolkit, as well available as an interactive internet "web-flip" version, is part of the Construction Safety Training System (CSTS), a CD-ROM-based course developed by the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA)

Occupational safety and health in the construction business (Austria)
For the first time, labour inspectors were given the opportunity to lecture four graduating classes of HTL Mödling, Austria's largest secondary engineering college, on occupational safety and health in the construction industry, coordination of construction works and labour inspection.

Safe work at building sites (Austria)
Introduction to the Austrian legal basis in occupational safety and health. Detailed description (with graphs) of safe work processes with the most important work equipments at building sites.
AUVA web site

Rock 101 contest: I’m the bro’, but you’re the pro (Canada)
WorkSafeBC (the Workers’ Compensation Board of B.C) launched this campaign, in cooperation with the Classic Rock Radio 101 station and B.C. Construction safety alliance.
Listeners of the classic rock radio station are being asked to nominate their co-workers who are helping to make their job sites safer. (Or they can nominate themselves.) There are weekly prize draws, and one grand prize package: pizza lunch with the radio dj Bro Jake and the Rock 101 girls.
In addition, the radio station promotes construction site safety by broadcasting radio spots dealing with falls, digging underground, airborne dust or power tools.

Safe working at the carpentry (Austria)
Introduction to the Austrian legal basis of work protection. Detailed description of safe work processes at wood working machines.
AUVA website

What's wrong with this photo? (Canada)
„What's wrong with this photo?“ is a page on the WorkSafe BC website. Photos from different professions showing dangerous work habits can be diplayed and analysed.

Safety award (construction) 2006 (Austria)
Award to increase awareness of safety matters at building sites. Competition for bricklayer- and carpenter trainees.
AUVA website

Building Site Orientation
According to the programme every worker has to participate in the site orientation training before being allowed access to the site. After training every participant has to wear their specific colour-coded tag during their work. Thanks to colour-coded system it is possible to denote and distinguish each contractor and group of trade persons.
Project website

Construction Safety Partnership (UK)
The programme started in 2001 and was continued in following years. The Construction Safety Partnership consists of training programmes: Safety Training (for construction workers), Safety Representative Training (for safety officers and safety representatives), Safety Training for Managers.
HSA web site | PDF file

Dealing safely with asbestos (Greece)
Greek Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Materials containing asbestos are a risk factor for those who come into contact with them, especially employees carrying out dismantling and demolition work. The hazards attached to asbestos will have not disappeared with the adoption of the proposed Community directive (amending Directive No 83/477/EEC) prohibiting the production and use of asbestos.

Development of strategies for preservation of ability of employees in heating and sanitarian sector (Germany)
Preservation of ability of the employees by optimising the company organisation and by improving the development potentialities of the ageing staff. Different arrangements, for example:
- assistance for lifting and carrying
- individual career design
- creating teams of heterogeneous ages
Project website

From roof down to bureau (Germany)
Project to allow roofers of higher age to do more work in planning and customer care in the office until pension.
Project website

Knee problems in the floor laying trade (Denmark)
For obvious reasons floor laying has traditionally been done in a kneeling position. This is an unnatural position in which to spend the working day, and even with protective equipment it places a strain on the knees (and on other parts of the body) and frequently leads to injury and long-term problems. But studies have shown that with recently developed tools much of the work could be carried out standing up. So the team in Denmark set out to reduce knee problems by showing how floor layers could cut down the time spent putting undue strain on the knees.
E-mail contact

Occupational safety and health coordinator in building design and construction (Lithuania)
Training course for workers to be able to coordinate health and safety management during construction project and construction process. The course is composed of 7 sittings embracing lectures, practical work at the enterprise and written paper.
Project website

Promotion of health and safety in construction by a partnership process (Denmark)
Coordinating health and safety management during a major construction project based on a partnership between the client and contractors. This is a project on the building site of the new central of Denmarks radio concerning safety and health.
Danish Radio website

Protocol for a safe building renovation (Italy)
Renovation of a historic 14th century country house and its buildings in its grounds (lemon-house, cellar, storerooms) in order to create a large, luxury hotel complex and the creation of a business centre for the farm’s production activities. There is generally a high accident rate in building work. This particular project was difficult because of the need to preserve the historic features of the building and renovate to modern standards. The age of the buildings meant that there could be additional and unknown safety and health risks to the building workers present, for example due to weaknesses in the building structure.
E-mail contact

Safety at Roadworks (Poland)
This program was partly initiated because of intensive roadworks on the roads in Malopolska, Poland. The program began in July 2006 with the seminar during which the results of 424 controls of 117 construction sites were presented. Controls were conducted by PIP (The National Labour Inspectorate) in years 2003-04 and 2006 and aimed at estimation of safety and hygiene at roadworks and elimination of recognized hazards.
Project website

‘This building site is safe!’ (Italy)
Project to achieve a reduction in the number of work-related accidents within the construction industry through the dissemination of examples of good practice and the creation of a portal on the Internet for wider access.
Institution website