Abroad|23/12/14

GERMANY: Working conditions are extremely difficult in the construction sector

Home > The news of EUROGIP and occupational risks in Europe > GERMANY: Working conditions are extremely difficult in the construction sector

The BAUA has published the results of a survey carried out on construction workers in 2012. The results are not surprising: working conditions there are far more difficult than in other sectors of activity.

Activity in the construction sector often entails difficult working conditions despite the technical progress made in recent decades. 92% of the workers surveyed are subject to standing work, 79% to work that is stressful for the hands, 72% to the carrying of heavy loads and 64% to work in forced positions. Other factors such as harsh weather conditions, noise, monotony and the pressure of deadlines aggravate the situation. Moreover, it is in the construction sector that the largest number of occupational injuries and diseases is recorded.

The BAUA gives a reminder that compliance with the rules can prevent risks and diseases. Moreover, at a time when the labour force is growing older, physical stresses in the workplace should be reduced in order to keep older workers on the job. It is also essential to raise the youngest workers’ awareness of occupational safety and health.

Discover other news

Community news

28/02/24

OSH measures key to prevent violence and harassment at work

More than one in five workers in the 25 countries surveyed have experienced violence and harassment at work, according to a new report by the ILO. Creating an environment free of these problems requires “a cooperative approach and social dialogue within companies on occupational health and safety (OHS)”.

Community news

28/02/24

Lead and diisocyanates: Council approves new limit values

The new directive adopted today reduces the occupational exposure limit values for lead and its compounds, which are toxic to reproduction, by a factor of five, and introduces new limit values for diiosocyanates, to which 4.2 million workers are exposed and which can cause asthma and skin diseases.

News

28/02/24

OS&H in Europe: where are we now?

So where are we in Europe when it comes to health and safety at work? That's the question we put to William Cockburn Salazar, the new Executive Director of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), in the first episode of the EUROGIP Discussions.