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Benchmarking safety
Despite improvements in foundation equipment, industrial accidents in the foundation sector are still above average in both occurrence and severity.

Download the report “Analysis of Accidents 1998-2002″ in English (.pdf, 2.5MB) or German (.pdf, 1MB).

Latest statistics from EFFC’s safety working group suggest that slipping, tripping and falling over, are the biggest single cause of accidents within the foundation industry.

Perhaps more surprisingly they show that 31-35 year olds have more accidents than any other age group, that there is a significant peak in accidents occurring between ten o’clock in the morning and mid-day; and that accidents drop-off through the week – the mean accident rate on Friday is only two-thirds that of Monday.

The report has been compiled by Walter Ensinger, chairman of EFFC’s safety and environmental working group who works for the German safety and standards organisation Tiefbau-Berufsgenossenschaft.

It confirms the general findings of an earlier analysis, but extends the database of participating countries and companies.

Latest conclusions are based on accident reports from over 2500 incidents that occurred while carrying out specialist foundation works between 1998 and 2002 in EFFC member companies.

The analysis includes reports from member companies in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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