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Safety risk assessment for vertical concrete formwork activities in civil engineering construction

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posted on 29.06.2015, 14:38 authored by A. Lopez-Arquillos, Juan C. Rubio-Romero, Alistair Gibb, J.A. Gambatese
BACKGROUND: The construction sector has one of the worst occupational health and safety records in Europe. Of all construction tasks, formwork activities are associated with a high frequency of accidents and injuries. OBJECTIVE: This paper presents an investigation of the activities and related safety risks present in vertical formwork for in-situ concrete construction in the civil engineering sector. METHODS: Using the methodology of staticized groups, twelve activities and ten safety risks were identified and validated by experts. Every safety risk identified in this manner was quantified for each activity using binary methodology according to the frequency and severity scales developed in prior research. A panel of experts was selected according to the relevant literature on staticized groups. RESULTS: The results obtained show that the activities with the highest risk in vertical formwork tasks are: Plumbing and leveling of forms, cutting of material, handling materials with cranes, and climbing or descending ladders. The most dangerous health and safety risks detected were falls from height, cutting and overexertion. CONCLUSIONS: The research findings provide construction practitioners with further evidence of the hazardous activities associated with concrete formwork construction and a starting point for targeting worker health and safety programmes.

History

School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation

Volume

49

Issue

2

Pages

183 - 192

Citation

LOPEZ-ARQUILLOS, A. ...et al., 2014. Safety risk assessment for vertical concrete formwork activities in civil engineering construction. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 49 (2), pp. 183-192

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© IOS Press

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

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Publication date

2014

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LOPEZ-ARQUILLOS, A. ...et al., 2014. Safety risk assessment for vertical concrete formwork activities in civil engineering construction. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 49 (2), pp. 183-192. © 2014, with permission from IOS Press.

ISSN

1051-9815

Language

en