Seven in ten UK construction workers experience pain at least once a week


Sadly, more than seven in ten (71%) construction workers say that they experience pain at work at least once a week, the highest percentage of any industry, new research has revealed.

Only 7% never experience any form of work-related pain.

The study by Jacuzzi, the hot tub and hydrotherapy specialists, surveyed Brits from a variety of industries about their experiences of injuries and pain at work.

Nearly nine in ten (89%) of construction workers said that they’d taken time off due to injury, with 56% missing more than a week.

In construction, neck pain (32%) is the most common form of discomfort amongst workers, followed by arm pain (25%).

More than two in five (41%) UK tradespeople suffer from work-related pain every single week.

Three in five (60%) tradespeople report lower back injuries, making it the most common injury sustained on the job.

Shoulder pain (31%) is the second most likely issue to trouble tradespeople.

Furthermore, half (50%) say they have taken time off work because of a health issue caused by their job.

Tracey Hudson, Executive Director, at HR Dept, said: “It’s worrying to see that regardless of the industry, a large portion of workers are experiencing pain, injury or discomfort as a result of their working conditions.

“It’s no surprise to see back pain is the most commonly experienced form of pain, as this is an area of the body that’s put under considerable stress, whether you’re working at a desk or on a construction site.

“If you experience pain due to your work, make sure to raise the issue with a line manager or your employer’s HR department, as they will take steps to ensure you are safe, and will work with Occupational Health or your GP who can often suggest changes to your working environment which can help prevent injury or the recurrence of pain

To see how the trades compare to other industries regarding work-related injuries, visit:

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