Safety in Construction

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BLDG1260 Construction Management Principles

LECTURE 3: SAFETY IN CONSTRUCTION
Riza Yosia Sunindijo

Outline and aims

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The basic of construction safety The importance of safety The evolution of construction safety Psychological aspect Behavioural aspect Situational aspect Investing in safety

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Basic definitions
What is safety? What is a hazard? What is a risk? Accident vs. incident vs. injury What are the causes of an accident?

Anton, T.J. (1989). Occupational safety and health management, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill. Holt, A. S. J. (2005). Principles of construction safety. Blackwell Science.

Causes of accidents
Safety is always a management issue because managers decide on:
• Safety budget • Resource allocation • Planning • The implementation of safety management system • Safety control • Creating safety culture in the organisation

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Why safety in construction?
• 7% of the world’s employment. • 30-40% of the world’s fatal injuries.

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Difficult

• At least 60,000 fatalities per year. • Due to bad and illegal work conditions.

• Falls from heights, buried in un-shored excavations, crushed by vehicles and plant. Dangerous • All causes are predictable and preventable.

Murie, F. (2007). “Building Safety–An International Perspective”. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 13, 1, pp. 5 – 11.

Why safety in construction?
Good safety practices:
• Avoid costs associated with accidents (prevention < accidents) • Attract new clients • Meet moral obligations imposed by the society (reputation)

Lack of safety:
• Accidents human suffering • Accidents weaken morale • Prosecution and civil claim increase cost and adverse publicity
Holt, A. S. J. (2005). Principles of construction safety. Blackwell Science.

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The evolution of construction safety

Source: Bovis Lend Lease

The evolution of construction safety
Australia: In 2010-11, there were 13,640 claims for serious injuries or

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