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Achieving safer behaviours of frontline construction workers: the role of supervisors

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The construction industry in the UK is one of the largest sectors of its economy. It creates about 10% of its employment. It is also one of its high-risk industries in terms of occupation safety and health (OSH), and accounts for about 25% of all occupational fatalities in the UK. Over the years, attempts made to reduce the number of accidents in construction have yielded some success. However, the last five years has seen such progressive improvement plateau, with the industry averaging 53 worker fatalities per annum, which is unacceptably high for an advanced economy. Such a high level of persistence in occupational accidents (and incidents)would suggest that the required approach for attaining further improvements in safety performance might lie outside the current practice. Research indicates that human behaviours account for about 80% of all accidents and presents an opportunity for improvement. [Continues.]



  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering


Loughborough University

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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.




Alistair Gibb ; Francis Edum-Fotwe

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