Department of Health

Healthy Workers Initiative

Construction

The Construction industry refers to those mainly engaged in the construction, maintenance and repair of buildings and other structures.

The Construction industry is one of the main sources of employment in Australia, employing approximately a tenth of the working population.

The data below provides information on the health risks of people working in this industry compared to the entire working population with a focus on smoking, physical inactivity, nutrition and harmful alcohol consumption.

Prevalence of modifiable lifestyle risk factors

Analysis of all Persons aged 18 or more Current Smoker Inadequate Fruit & Veg intake Physical Inactivity BMI - Measured BMI - Measured Waist Circumference Waist Circumference Alcohol Increased Lifetime Risk
Overweight OR obese Obese Increased OR high risk High Risk
NATIONAL
22%
49%
71%
59%
23%
55%
31%
24%
Construction
31%
46%
68%
64%
25%
49%
27%
40%

NOTE: Highlighted items are significantly different from the national average