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Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee Plan 2017-2019

SCPAC Work Plan

This is the first work plan since the amalgamation of the Construction Safety Partnership and the Construction Advisory Committee in 2016.

Employment in the construction sector has risen steadily year on year with an increase of employment from the first 6 months of 2016 of over 8%.  There are approximately 1,000 new jobs being created per month in the construction sector.  The longer term outlook too is positive with predications of the sector to continue growing  steadily over the coming years.  A recent CIF(DKM consultants) report predicts a continued forecasted growth in the sector of 9% per year until 2020 with the potential of having 213,000 directly employed in the sector (in 2016 there were approximately 139,900 employed directly in the sector. 6.8% of total employment.)

Of course with this growth come challenges too.  With a rapidly growing industry costs can increase, skill shortages can develop for certain professions and trades, and safety and health on site can be affected by increased numbers of new entrant workers to the sector.  The Health and Safety Authority figures show that new workers can be as much as four times more likely to be involved in an accident in the first six months of work than more experienced workers.  All stakeholders in the sector will need to work together to help put in place the necessary supervision, instruction and training necessary to prevent new workers and those returning to the sector from being injured on site.

In 2016 nine workers lost their lives in the construction sector in Ireland .  This represents 20% of all fatal accidents in 2016.  Many more suffered serious and life changing injuries as a result of workplace accidents.  Falls from height have proven to be the most common cause of construction deaths with 36 workers involved in fatal falls in the past 5 years on Irish construction sites.  Safe working at height must be a priority for all stakeholders.  The majority of these accidents occurred with self-employed or with small contractors and this is another area that the CSPAC will need to focus on in the coming years.






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Construction Safety Partnership Advisory Committee
Construction House,
Canal Road,
Dublin 6.


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