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Contributing factors in construction accidents

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posted on 16.02.2010 by Roger Haslam, Sophie Hide, Alistair Gibb, Diane Gyi, Trevor C. Pavitt, Sarah Atkinson, Roy Duff
This overview paper draws together findings from previous focus group research and studies of 100 individual construction accidents. Pursuing issues raised by the focus groups, the accident studies collected qualitative information on the circumstances of each incident and the causal influences involved. Site based data collection entailed interviews with accidentinvolved personnel and their supervisor or manager, inspection of the accident location, and review of appropriate documentation. Relevant issues from the site investigations were then followed up with off-site stakeholders, including designers, manufacturers and suppliers. Levels of involvement of key factors in the accidents were: problems arising from workers or the work team (70% of accidents), workplace issues (49%), shortcomings with equipment (including PPE) (56%), problems with suitability and condition of materials (27%), and deficiencies with risk management (84%). Employing an ergonomics systems approach, a model is proposed, indicating the manner in which originating managerial, design and cultural factors shape the circumstances found in the work place, giving rise to the acts and conditions which, in turn, lead to accidents. It is argued that attention to the originating influences will be necessary for sustained improvement in construction safety to be achieved.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Citation

HASLAM, R.... et al., 2005. Contributing factors in construction accidents. Applied Ergonomics, 36(4), pp. 401-415.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2005

Notes

This article was accepted for publication in the journal, Applied ergonomics [© Elsevier], which is available online at:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2004.12.002

ISSN

0003-6870

Language

en

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