The construction sector plays an important role in the economic development of countries, currently representing about 13% of global GDP and is expected to increase to 14.7% by 2030. In Europe, it’s estimated that 14.8 million people are employed in the building and construction sector.
While it brings huge contributions to the economy, it is also one of the most hazardous working environments worldwide. It is responsible for at least 20-30% of all known serious occupational injuries in the EU while the US has the highest number of preventable fatal injuries. Safety for professionals in this industry is an important subject and workers must be equipped with the right personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe on the job.
Topping the list of construction-related injuries are hazards in contact with sharps objects and materials or equipment leading to cuts, lacerations, and punctures. Construction sites are some of the most hazardous places to work in the world. The National Safety Council reports laceration injuries account for $10K in company expenses and severed tendons can exceed $70k.Typical causes of these lacerations include improper training lack of established safety procedures, employees in a hurry, taking shortcuts or not following safety procedures, failure to wear cut-resistant PPE, poor housekeeping, poor lighting and more. Lacerations to the hands, legs and arms are the most common and often the most detrimental injuries to workers on construction sites, however, laceration injuries can happen anytime a body part is close to sharp objects.
Construction Site owners are required by state law to make a job environment as safe as possible for employees. Neglecting to do so can put workers at risk of cuts or lacerations on the job. These injuries can leave deep scratches and cuts, deep punctures, and even amputations. Anyone involved in the project including sub-contractors, property owners, developers, and even the manufacturer of malfunctioning equipment can share in the blame.
Kozane® is a range of high-performance fabrics offering leading industry protection wherever it is needed. It can be used to create various PPE to address these hazards and risks in the construction industry, providing cut, tear, abrasion, and puncture resistance.
Kozane® Extreme’s outstanding performance offers the highest possible cut, tear, and puncture resistance combined with wearability, making it comfortable for various garment applications and perfect for the construction industry. It is suitable for making into cut-resistant vests, sweaters or jackets, shirts, arm guards, and trousers.
A challenging aspect of the construction sector is that each site can be quite unique, having its own set of dangers and potential safety hazards. Unlike in a controlled working environment, construction job site conditions are constantly changing. New hazards or unforeseen safety concerns may arise as the construction progresses, exposing workers to a variety of risks and dangers.
If you want to know more about our Kozane® High-Performance Fabrics and how you can use them for various applications to address the needs of the construction industry, please get in touch with our dedicated representative Eve Ichim on +44 (0)7599 546 566 or by email at email@example.com.