A Framework for Utilising Lean Construction Strategies to Promote Safety on Construction Sites

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/297665
Title:
A Framework for Utilising Lean Construction Strategies to Promote Safety on Construction Sites
Authors:
Bashir, Abubakar Muhammad
Abstract:
The poor safety situation in the United Kingdom (UK) construction industry and its adverse socio-economic record are well documented in the existing literature. The application of Lean Construction techniques has been proposed as an effective strategy to address accidents on construction sites, a major safety concern in the construction industry. However, examination of the relationship between Lean Construction techniques and safety issues has been marginal. This study explores this relationship with the aim of developing a framework for using Lean Construction techniques to promote safety on UK construction sites. A framework was initially devised based on a synthesis of the literature and further refined based on findings from interviews held with 10 Lean Construction practitioners on antecedents of Lean Construction techniques and safety issues. In order to develop and confirm the framework, data was collected from practicing Lean Construction organisations using a questionnaire survey and analysed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and inter-rater agreement statistical test to examine the pattern and extent of the relationships. The study found a total of thirty-eight (38) relationships between Lean Construction techniques and safety issues. These relationships are mainly positive in nature in that they demonstrate path to improvement in safety on construction sites. They show which techniques could be used to address the relevant safety issue. Furthermore, it was established that the application of Lean Construction techniques on construction sites can be impeded by challenges such as: lack of Lean Construction knowledge, complexity, misconception about Lean and difficulties in changing employees’ working culture. The study identified strategies that could be used to address these challenges. These include enlightenment on benefits of Lean practice, publication of improvements realised from Lean practice, training, workers’ involvement and empowerment, persistence, robust planning and gradual step-by-step implementation. The study, therefore, concludes that Lean Construction techniques have positive relationships with safety issues on construction sites in the UK and on the basis of the relationships develops an integrated framework to guide application of the techniques by contracting organisations in promoting safety. The study makes a number of recommendations including the incorporation of Lean Construction practice into government health and safety initiatives, regulations and policies, and identifies areas for further research.
Advisors:
Suresh, Subashini
Publisher:
University of Wolverhampton
Issue Date:
Jun-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/297665
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
Description:
A thesis submitted to the School of Technology University of Wolverhampton in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorSuresh, Subashinien_GB
dc.contributor.authorBashir, Abubakar Muhammaden_GB
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-09T08:43:42Z-
dc.date.available2013-08-09T08:43:42Z-
dc.date.issued2013-06-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/297665-
dc.descriptionA thesis submitted to the School of Technology University of Wolverhampton in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophyen_GB
dc.description.abstractThe poor safety situation in the United Kingdom (UK) construction industry and its adverse socio-economic record are well documented in the existing literature. The application of Lean Construction techniques has been proposed as an effective strategy to address accidents on construction sites, a major safety concern in the construction industry. However, examination of the relationship between Lean Construction techniques and safety issues has been marginal. This study explores this relationship with the aim of developing a framework for using Lean Construction techniques to promote safety on UK construction sites. A framework was initially devised based on a synthesis of the literature and further refined based on findings from interviews held with 10 Lean Construction practitioners on antecedents of Lean Construction techniques and safety issues. In order to develop and confirm the framework, data was collected from practicing Lean Construction organisations using a questionnaire survey and analysed using descriptive statistics, inferential statistics and inter-rater agreement statistical test to examine the pattern and extent of the relationships. The study found a total of thirty-eight (38) relationships between Lean Construction techniques and safety issues. These relationships are mainly positive in nature in that they demonstrate path to improvement in safety on construction sites. They show which techniques could be used to address the relevant safety issue. Furthermore, it was established that the application of Lean Construction techniques on construction sites can be impeded by challenges such as: lack of Lean Construction knowledge, complexity, misconception about Lean and difficulties in changing employees’ working culture. The study identified strategies that could be used to address these challenges. These include enlightenment on benefits of Lean practice, publication of improvements realised from Lean practice, training, workers’ involvement and empowerment, persistence, robust planning and gradual step-by-step implementation. The study, therefore, concludes that Lean Construction techniques have positive relationships with safety issues on construction sites in the UK and on the basis of the relationships develops an integrated framework to guide application of the techniques by contracting organisations in promoting safety. The study makes a number of recommendations including the incorporation of Lean Construction practice into government health and safety initiatives, regulations and policies, and identifies areas for further research.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Wolverhamptonen
dc.subjectLean constructionen_GB
dc.subjectSafetyen_GB
dc.subjectAccidentsen_GB
dc.subjectLean techniquesen_GB
dc.subjectLean toolsen_GB
dc.subjectLean principlesen_GB
dc.titleA Framework for Utilising Lean Construction Strategies to Promote Safety on Construction Sitesen_GB
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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