‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ campaign launched in response to alarming survey results

The Scheme’s largest-ever survey of the UK and Irish construction industries discovered that 75% of respondents believe that worker fatigue is a serious issue across construction

Further to this, over a third (37%) of respondents were found to be working in excess of a 50 hour week.

Fatigue is a serious health and safety risk in construction; having the potential to significantly impair physical and cognitive capacities, as well as having a damaging effect on the mental health of the industry’s workforce.

The inability to respond and react promptly can be highly detrimental across any type of construction activity – leading to errors, near misses, injuries and even death.

Available on the Scheme’s Best Practice Hub, ‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ provides the entire industry with a place to get the latest best practice examples, case studies, guidance and other resources, such as key details about the law and legislation on this critical issue within construction.

The Campaign includes a range of case study contributions from Scheme-registered sites and companies such as:

A-one+, Carnell Group, Farrans, J. Murphy & Sons Ltd, Munnelly Support Services, Robertson and VolkerRail.

Survey findings

Receiving over 1000 responses from those working in construction, the survey also uncovered that:

  • 86% work over the national average of 37.3 hours per week.
  • 65% do not think the industry is doing enough to prevent worker fatigue.
  • 58% cite feeling tired affects their productivity at work.
  • 50% have little understanding of the regulations surrounding worker fatigue.
Considerate Constructors Scheme, Chief Executive, Amanda Long said:

Our workforce is at the centre of the success of our industry and, as the industry survey clearly shows, we must do more to improve standards to tackle the issue of worker fatigue.

The Scheme is at the centre of raising awareness and spreading best practice across the entire industry and I would encourage everyone to read the campaign and utilise the resources available within it.

Thank you to all organisations which have contributed to the campaign so far, and we look forward to continuing to grow the Best Practice Hub’s suite of resources on this critical subject to help to continue to raise standards across our industry.

Click here to read the ‘Spotlight on… worker fatigue’ campaign