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Survey: Dust risks in construction

14 October 2020
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Dust is a major cause of cancer-related deaths in construction and Construction Manager is asking how the industry should tackle the problem.

Take the poll below to give us your views on dust risks and how control measures could be improved.


The dust risk factors are the same risks whether you are working with a Teir 1 contractor or completing maintenance or domestic tasks, issues from a wide range of risks are far better policed and targeted at the larger companies.
Far to many smaller companies are still getting away with not mitigating risks due to costs and attitudes, think it time attitudes were changed.

Ian Robertson, 16 October 2020

Whilst I believe that the risks presented by dust generated by high speed saws and drills is recognised by a growing number of small builders, those presented by general site dust (e.g. at the Friday afternoon clear up) is not, despite the availability of powerful vacuum cleaners.

This is not only a question of costs and attitude, but of education and publicity..

Russell Norris [Retired Contractor and Building Consultant] 22.x.20

Rusell Norris, 22 October 2020

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