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Health and safety management of offsite construction - how close are we to production manufacturing?

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posted on 06.12.2011 by Lawrence J. McKay, Alistair Gibb, Roger Haslam, Martyn Pendlebury
Producing buildings in a factory, Offsite Production (OSP), dramatically improves overall health and safety performance, but there is no room for complacency. This paper presents the results of a questionnaire and interview survey using multiple sources of data linked with peer debriefing from eight major offsite production facilities. In particular, health and safety benefits along with the trend toward a production manufacturing environment are identified. The research found that attitudes toward production oriented health and safety in OSP are still in the embryonic stage, but are developing rapidly with increased awareness from management. To realise the positive outcomes from the health and safety benefits that OSP entails, OSP manufacturers must adopt a mindset akin to that already existing in the mainstream manufacturing sector. Many OSP manufacturers adopt site based techniques “under cover” of a factory. The health and safety benefits of OSP may be well understood and promoted in several arenas, academia, government initiatives and the health regulatory bodies, but unless the manufacturers themselves embrace the full health and safety potential of OSP, misunderstanding and ignorance will remain a barrier to improved health and safety performance. This work formed part of a UK government funded project, HASPREST.

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  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

4th Triennial International Conference - CIB W99 4th Triennial International Conference - CIB W99

Pages

. 432 - 441

Citation

MCKAY, L. ... et al, 2005. Health and safety management of offsite construction - how close are we to production manufacturing? IN: Haupt, T.C. and Smallwood, J. (eds). Proceedings of the 4th Triennial International Conference - cib W99: Rethinking and Revitalizing Construction Safety, Health, Environment and Quality, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. South Africa: Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises, pp. 432-441

Publisher

© Construction Research Education and Training Enterprises

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2005

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

0620339195

Language

en

Location

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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