Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to page options Skip directly to site content

NIOSHTIC-2 Publications Search

Search Results

"Safety is everyone's job:" the key to safety on a large university construction site.

Authors
McDonald-MA; Lipscomb-HJ; Bondy-J; Glazne-J
Source
J Saf Res 2009 Jan; 40(1):53-61
NIOSHTIC No.
20035784
Abstract
PROBLEM: Construction risk management is challenging. METHOD: We combined data on injuries, costs, and hours worked, obtained through a Rolling Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (ROCIP), with data from focus groups, interviews, and field observations, to prospectively study injuries and hazard control on a large university construction project. RESULTS: Lost-time injury rates (1.0/200,000 hours worked) were considerably lower than reported for the industry, and there were no serious falls from height. Safety was considered in the awarding of contracts and project timeline development; hazard management was iterative. A top-down management commitment to safety was clearly communicated to, and embraced by, workers throughout the site. DISCUSSION AND IMPACT: A better understanding of how contracting relationships, workers' compensation, and liability insurance arrangements influence safety could shift risk management efforts from worker behaviors to a broader focus on how these programs and relationships affect incentives and disincentives for workplace safety and health.
Keywords
Accident-analysis; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Accident-rates; Accidents; Accident-statistics; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Demographic-characteristics; Epidemiology; Etiology; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Risk-analysis; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-programs; Safety-research; Safety-research; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Occupational injury; Construction; Safety; Safety climate; Qualitative methods
Contact
Mary Anne McDonald, Division of Community Health, Department of Community and Family Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20090101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
maryanne.mcdonald@duke.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-007633
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0022-4375
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
NC; CO
Performing Organization
University of Colorado, Denver
TOP