In 2020, the construction industry employed 242,000 workers. This represents 8% of the total number of employees in the private sector. Construction workers have a higher-than-average risk of serious occupational accidents, especially younger and older workers, according to a new report by Afa Försäkring.
The former are more often involved in accidents with machines and tools; the latter in falls. Hand injuries are the most common, as workers often use tools such as knives or saws. According to the AFA, 52% of all accidents at work involving a hand injury occur when working with a hand tool. In addition, the risk of long-term absence from work has decreased for the construction industry in recent years. Musculoskeletal disorders are by far the most common cause of downtime.