The health and safety impact of construction project features

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620813
Title:
The health and safety impact of construction project features
Authors:
Manu, Patrick; Ankrah, Nii; Proverbs, David; Suresh, Subashini ( 0000-0001-5266-128X )
Abstract:
Purpose – Despite the established significance of underlying accident causes to health and safety (H&S), and the persistent reporting of the underlying accident causal influence of construction project features (CPFs) which emanate from pre-construction decisions, no empirical research has focused on CPFs in terms of assessing their degree of potential to influence accident occurrence. The purpose of this paper is to, therefore, investigate this facet of the accident causal influence of CPFs. Design/methodology/approach – A mixed method design was used involving semi-structured interviews, and a questionnaire survey of UK construction professionals. Findings – CPFs generally have a moderate or a high potential to influence accident occurrence, implying a fair or severe potential to cause harm in terms of the H&S of workers. The degree of potential of CPFs to influence accident occurrence is influenced by: the extent to which certain proximate causes of accidents are common/prevalent within CPFs;and the degree of potential of those proximate causes to influence accident occurrence. Originality/value – These findings provide insight into the H&S consequences of CPFs, awareness of which is essential if pre-construction project participants are to implement appropriate risk control measures especially in the early phases of projects to mitigate the accident causal influence of CPFs. The findings reinforce the contribution of clients and their design and project management teams to accident causation, the significance of the early planning of H&S in construction project delivery, and the importance of driving mechanisms such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.
Citation:
The health and safety impact of construction project features 2014, 21 (1):65 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Publisher:
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Journal:
Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Issue Date:
14-Jan-2014
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/620813
DOI:
10.1108/ECAM-07-2012-0070
Additional Links:
http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/ECAM-07-2012-0070
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0969-9988
Appears in Collections:
FSE

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dc.contributor.authorManu, Patricken
dc.contributor.authorAnkrah, Niien
dc.contributor.authorProverbs, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorSuresh, Subashinien
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-30T16:18:40Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-30T16:18:40Z-
dc.date.issued2014-01-14-
dc.identifier.citationThe health and safety impact of construction project features 2014, 21 (1):65 Engineering, Construction and Architectural Managementen
dc.identifier.issn0969-9988-
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/ECAM-07-2012-0070-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/620813-
dc.description.abstractPurpose – Despite the established significance of underlying accident causes to health and safety (H&S), and the persistent reporting of the underlying accident causal influence of construction project features (CPFs) which emanate from pre-construction decisions, no empirical research has focused on CPFs in terms of assessing their degree of potential to influence accident occurrence. The purpose of this paper is to, therefore, investigate this facet of the accident causal influence of CPFs. Design/methodology/approach – A mixed method design was used involving semi-structured interviews, and a questionnaire survey of UK construction professionals. Findings – CPFs generally have a moderate or a high potential to influence accident occurrence, implying a fair or severe potential to cause harm in terms of the H&S of workers. The degree of potential of CPFs to influence accident occurrence is influenced by: the extent to which certain proximate causes of accidents are common/prevalent within CPFs;and the degree of potential of those proximate causes to influence accident occurrence. Originality/value – These findings provide insight into the H&S consequences of CPFs, awareness of which is essential if pre-construction project participants are to implement appropriate risk control measures especially in the early phases of projects to mitigate the accident causal influence of CPFs. The findings reinforce the contribution of clients and their design and project management teams to accident causation, the significance of the early planning of H&S in construction project delivery, and the importance of driving mechanisms such as the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherEmerald Group Publishing Limiteden
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/10.1108/ECAM-07-2012-0070en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Engineering, Construction and Architectural Managementen
dc.subjectHealth and Safetyen
dc.subjectAccidentsen
dc.subjectConstruction industryen
dc.subjectProject featuresen
dc.titleThe health and safety impact of construction project featuresen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Managementen
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