"Blatant monitoring deficit": IG Bau complains of 66,000 accidents at work

This year, 56 construction workers have already died and tens of thousands of accidents at work have been registered.

"Blatant monitoring deficit": IG Bau complains of 66,000 accidents at work

This year, 56 construction workers have already died and tens of thousands of accidents at work have been registered. The situation on German construction sites is "alarming", according to IG Bau. The high numbers are also due to the enormous shortage of staff.

The Bauen-Agrar-Umwelt industrial union (IG BAU) complains about tens of thousands of accidents at work on German construction sites. By the end of August, 56 construction workers had already died in an accident, the union said, citing figures from the professional association. In the first eight months of the year, almost 66,000 reportable accidents at work were registered.

"The situation on construction sites in terms of safety and health is alarming," said Carsten Burckhardt from IG Bau. "Statistically, up until August, a construction worker died every four days." Last year, a total of 85 construction workers were killed in accidents, by August there were 60 more than this year. Burckhardt attributes the high level of accidents on construction sites for years to a "blatant monitoring deficit and an enormous backlog of personnel" among the authorities in the field of occupational health and safety inspections.

"High work pressure leads to hecticness and lack of concentration" and, as a result, to an increased risk of accidents. According to IG BAU estimates, most accidents happen in smaller companies. Cost and time pressure are particularly pronounced there. "The work pressure in construction has increased enormously. Too much work is being put on too few shoulders," explains Burckhardt. The shortage of skilled workers also contributes to this.

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