Construction hazard prevention: The need to integrate process knowledge into product design

Wakefield, R, Lingard, H, Blismas, N, Pirzadeh, P, Kleiner, B, Mills, T, McCoy, A and Saunders, L 2014, 'Construction hazard prevention: The need to integrate process knowledge into product design', in R. Aulin, A.Ek (ed.) Proceedings of CIB W099: International Conference on Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety, Lund, Sweden, 2-3 June 2014, pp. 425-435.


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Title Construction hazard prevention: The need to integrate process knowledge into product design
Author(s) Wakefield, R
Lingard, H
Blismas, N
Pirzadeh, P
Kleiner, B
Mills, T
McCoy, A
Saunders, L
Year 2014
Conference name CIB W099
Conference location Lund, Sweden
Conference dates 2-3 June 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of CIB W099: International Conference on Achieving Sustainable Construction Health and Safety
Editor(s) R. Aulin, A.Ek
Publisher Lund University
Place of publication Lund, Sweden
Start page 425
End page 435
Total pages 13
Abstract Social network analysis was used to model information exchange networks in construction case studies in the United States of America and Australia/New Zealand. For each case, the quality of work safety and health (WHS) risk control outcomes was measured. This measurement was based on an established "hierarchy of control" in which risk controls are classified in descending order of effectiveness. The construction contractors' degree centrality was examined as a proxy measure of the constructors' influence in decision making during the pre-construction stages of the project. Network metrics were compared for cases in which the risk control scores were higher and lower than average. The results showed a significant difference in constructors' degree centrality for cases with high and low risk control efficacy scores. Constructors had significantly higher degree centrality in cases with high compared to low quality OSH risk control outcomes. The results provide preliminary evidence that integrating construction process knowledge into pre-construction decision-making produces better OSH outcomes. The research also highlights the potential usefulness of social network analysis and network metrics in OSH performance measurement and benchmarking.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Work Safety and Health
Prevention through Design
Risk Control
Knowledge Integration
Education
ISBN 9789176230053
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