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Across Europe the construction industry is one of the largest sectors in each country’s economy, providing significant employment with an annual turnover exceeding EUR 900 billion. The nature of the industry remains hazardous; more than a thousand workers are killed annually and over 800,000 workers are injured, often seriously.  Nearly 600,000 workers a year come into contact with asbestos on site; almost half of all construction workers report musculoskeletal (neck, back and shoulder) problems, and hearing loss caused by repeated noise exposure is common.

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According to International Labor Organization data, 1.2 million people die every year due to occupational illnesses and industrial accidents. In Poland approximately 120 casualties are recorded each year, the majority of which are new to the industry. However, in the first quarter of 2013 there were fewer registered accidents on sites than the previous year. This shows that action taken to improve occupational H&S quality is worthwhile.

The Polish Association of Construction Industry Employers (SERIO project coordinator) along with other companies and authorities are involved in a range of activities designed to improve the H&S status quo in the Polish construction sector www.porozumieniedlabezpieczenstwa.pl.

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This SERIO project is designed for all stakeholders in the construction industry. The aim is to promote occupational health and safety standards across the industry and to build a safer, healthier and more productive working environment.

The goal of the SERIO project is to showcase as many European H&S good practices and experiences as possible and to create a shared and accessible multimedia training application for construction workers. The SERIO consortium would like to base its work on both the experience of the contributing partners and H&S improvement solutions offered in other countries.

This project has been funded with support from the
European Commission. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.