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Construction sites across Great Britain are being targeted as part of a health inspection initiative raising awareness of health issues in relation to moving and handling materials.  

Site inspections started on Monday 3 October 2022, and are focusing on moving and handling construction materials. Inspectors will be checking employers and workers know the risks, plan their work, and are using sensible control measures to protect workers from injuries and aches, pain and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones known as musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).     

Moving and handling really matters

Last year, 40,000 construction workers suffered from injuries and aches, pain and discomfort in joints, muscles and bones. These injuries can have a serious impact on workersability to perform tasks; their quality of life; and in some cases, their ability to stay in work and earn a living. Many can and do suffer from long-term pain and discomfort.  

Employers are required to provide their employees with health and safety information and training, including specific information and training on manual handling injury risks and their prevention to enable them to work safely. And construction workers need to recognise the long-term health risks when moving and handling materials on site.   

Workers should not have to accept these injuries and potential long-term suffering as an inevitable part of construction work. Make sure you are aware of the risks and know what to do to stay safe. 

WorkRight Construction: Your health. Your future

The ‘Your health. Your future’ campaign has been created by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. HSE is committed to improving the health of workers in the construction industry and brings together a wealth of partners, including: