Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations, and yet the causes of accidents are well known and the vast majority are preventable. While the global number of accidents and diseases in the construction industry is difficult to quantify due to the high proportion of temporary workers, construction remains as one of the most hazardous industry.

ILO data from a number of industrialized countries show that construction workers are three to four times more likely than other workers to die from accidents at work. As the country experience again a boom in construction, it is but natural that the focus on Occupational Safety and Health is on this industry.

As part of the activities of the World Day for Safety and Health at Work, the Construction Industry Tripartite Council (CITC) had committed to allot a significant time for their members to highlight the use of PPE in their toolbox meeting from April 24-28, 2017.Dr. Ma. Teresita S. Cucueco, Director IV of BWC, acknowledged the significant contribution of the CITC in terms of employment and economy. In terms of OSH, she stressed the need for self-regulation for this industry in which both the employer and the workers have an active part in its implementation.

At its most basic level, self-regulation is the manner in which all firms self-police their own activities to ensure that they are meeting all fiduciary and other duties to their clients. Compliance, self-regulation and DOLE oversight are the foundations upon which competitiveness rests.