A small contribution to improving prevention and safety in construction in Italy

Authors

  • Giovanni Mosconi Occupational physician

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.36125/ijoehy.v14i1.503

Keywords:

Building site, health risks, prevention, safety

Abstract

In Italy, construction is one of the most important economic sectors and one of those with the most significant number of employees. It is also the sector with the highest number of accidents and occupational diseases. The "dangers" present on the building site are among the leading causes of death among construction workers, and their measurement and evaluation are complex, as well as prevention activities. Work on construction sites is neither healthy nor ergonomic. This results from numerous causes that are intrinsic to the current methods of working on construction sites. In general, workers need more professional skills or knowledge of risks, and according to the author, it is necessary to review the working methods and technologies used radically. The entire production process should be reviewed starting from the design phase: a wrong conception of the work, a bad choice of materials, and implementation methods are responsible for many fatal accidents. Workers on building sites must be accountable at all levels for safety issues. Access to employment must include a professional training path through the construction schools that are already very active on the national territory, and the regulations governing the labour market and safety should be enhanced. The supervision and control of activities should also be enforced through the responsibility of figures such as foremen who supervise the work on building sites with constant presence.

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2024-02-10