The UK Construction Industry has over 2 million people working everyday. These workers are taking part in the highest risk profession for health defects, accidents and injury.
The risk of occupational ill health has a massive impact on the families of builders, Road workers, Fencing contractors, Plasterers, Joiners, Bricklayers and many more.
Some of these health issues can be long term and have a massive impact on the quality of life.
In 2010 – 42 construction workers lost their lives
3120 Reported major injuries and 2.6 million working days were lost through work related ill health.
When doing a presentation for a potential customer, part of the process is to find out what their profession was and what conditions they suffer from.
The 5 common problems we come up against in the building construction and contracting industry are :-
- Respiratory Disease
- Musculoskeletal Disorder
- Hearing loss due to noise
Adam Peters from a Plymouth Decking and Fencing Company has spent 30 years in his industry. Most of that time has been spent on his hands and knees laying down massive timbers, or lifting huge fence posts, constant digging and other heavy manual activities.
Day in, day out stress on the body which has eventually caused significant back problems.
He is now 56 years old and speaking to me the other day he said
“Ive worked ridiculously hard all my life and now I think I will have to retire before I can even afford to do this. The pain my back gives me most days I unbearable and I cant imagine being able to keep up the lifting and bending down that my job entails for the next 9 years, my proper retirement age”
If you have worked in construction and have a life immobilising condition, or you feel that your body is not up to it anymore. Then investing in a rise and recline chair or an adjustable bed may just be the answer you need.
Having regular massage and improving your circulation can be the benefit that keeps you in your building career or if you have already finished mean that you live the rest of life in comfort.
And not regretting the day you decided on a construction career.
Comment in the section below with any questions or concerns you may have about your body and if you are interested in finding out how you can get help