Construction work is considered to be one of the most hazardous industrial activities in the EU. The rate of injury in the construction industry is higher than in other industries. The most frequent causes of death in the construction industry are falls from height, followed by fatal accidents with vehicles.
About one in three fatal accidents at work involve vehicles, according to Eurostat. The main types of transport accidents are:
- People are struck or run over by moving vehicles (e.g. during reversing);
- Falling from vehicles
- Struck by objects falling from vehicles
- Injured because of vehicles overturning. It follows that by removing or reducing the risk of accidents involving vehicles on construction sites, there can be a significant reduction in the number of fatal accidents in this sector.