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[Case Study] CityCenter and Cosmopolitan construction projects, Las Vegas, Nevada: lessons learned from the use of multiple sources and mixed methods in a safety needs assessment.

Authors
Gittleman-JL; Gardner-PC; Haile-E; Sampson-JM; Cigularov-KP; Ermann-ED; Stafford-P; Chen-PY
Source
J Saf Res 2010 Jun; 41(3):263-281
NIOSHTIC No.
20037142
Abstract
Problem: The present study describes a response to eight tragic deaths over an eighteen month times span on a fast track construction project on the largest commercial development project in U.S. history. Methods: Four versions of a survey were distributed to workers, foremen, superintendents, and senior management. In addition to standard Likert-scale safety climate scale items, an open-ended item was included at the end of the survey. Results: Safety climate perceptions differed by job level. Specifically, management perceived a more positive safety climate as compared to workers. Content analysis of the open-ended item was used to identify important safety and health concerns which might have been overlooked with the qualitative portion of the survey. Discussion: The surveys were conducted to understand workforce issues of concern with the aim of improving site safety conditions. Such efforts can require minimal investment of resources and time and result in critical feedback for developing interventions affecting organizational structure, management processes, and communication. Summary: The most important lesson learned was that gauging differences in perception about site safety can provide critical feedback at all levels of a construction organization. Impact on the Industry: Implementation of multi-level organizational perception surveys can identify major safety issues of concern. Feedback, if acted upon, can potentially result in fewer injuries and fatal events.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Accident-rates; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Accidents; Questionnaires; Safety-practices; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-climate; Author Keywords: Construction; Safety; Occupational; Survey; Needs Assessment
Contact
Janie L. Gittleman, CPWR the Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Ave, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD, 20910 USA
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20100601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jgittleman@cpwr.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-009229
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0022-4375
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
CO; MD; IL
Performing Organization
University of Colorado, Denver
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