Construction Industry : The Most Hazardous Industries

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1.0 Introduction 1.1 Introduction Construction industry is considered as one of the main contributors to the economic development of the US. However, the construction industry is considered to be the most hazardous industries because of its unique nature. The safety uncertainty of construction environments has made the construction industry one of the most dangerous industries. The construction industry is recognized as for having one of the worst safety history records among all industries. Many building construction activities are inherently risky to safety and health of on-foot workers; construction work may involves working at heights, working around moving objects, working around hazardous substances, or even a combination of several hazards which constitutes a complex work environments with multiple health and safety risks (National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH), 2004; U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2007). In spite of the tremendous improvements that have been made in health and safety performance for reducing the safety risks on construction sites by awareness, rules, regulations, etc., there are unusually high number of injuries. High construction accidents trends indicate that there is still an essential need to improvise solutions to advocate the health and safety of on-foot workers at the construction sites. A construction project is characterized by its diverse operations and a multitude of participants who in many cases are working

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