Occupational safety in the construction industry

A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation

Document identifier: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-75854
Access full text here:10.3233/WOR-192976
Keyword: Engineering and Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics, Teknik och teknologier, Maskinteknik, Produktionsteknik, arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi, Accidents, Risk management, Safety design, Technical solutions, Safety interventions and prevention, Arbetsvetenskap, Human Work Sciences
Publication year: 2019
Relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):
SDG 11 Sustainable cities and communitiesSDG 9 Industry, innovation and infrastructureSDG 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions
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Abstract:

BACKGROUND

The paper is a research review focusing on occupational safety in the construction industry.

OBJECTIVE

The purpose is to present research that highlights the areas of occupational safety and risks and to identify areas where research is lacking.

METHODS

326 articles from scientific journals, mainly covering the construction industry in Europe, Canada, USA, Australia and Japan have been studied. The findings are presented under 11 categories: accident statistics; individual factors; legislation and regulations; ethical considerations; risk management; leadership, management, organization; competence; safety design; cost-benefit calculations; programs and models; and technical solutions.

RESULTS

The research is dominated by initiatives from researchers and government authorities, while the construction industry only appears as the object for the research. There is a scarcity of research on integrated systems encompassing subcontractors, as well as a lack of research with sociological perspectives on accidents. Furthermore, only a few studies have applied a gender perspective on safety in construction, i.e. there is a need of further research in this particular area.

CONCLUSIONS

A range of initiatives have been taken to increase safety in the construction industry and the initiatives are mainly reported to be successful. There are some cultural differences, but basically researchers present similar results regardless of country.

Authors

Jan Johansson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Leif Berglund

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Maria Johansson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Magnus Nygren

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Kjell Rask

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Björn Samuelson

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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Magnus Stenberg

Luleå tekniska universitet; Människa och teknik
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