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Investigation of the viability of designing for safety.

Authors
Gambatese-JA; Hinze-J; Behm-M
Source
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2005 May; :1-39
NIOSHTIC No.
20040723
Abstract
Construction workers historically have experienced more deaths from injuries and more injuries and illnesses requiring time off than workers in any other industry. (The rate of fatal injuries is higher in agriculture, mining, and transportation.) In recent years the construction industry has taken many steps to ensure safe working conditions and enable safe work practices, yet construction work remains a hazardous occupation. Addressing safety in the project design, before construction begins, has been proposed as an additional method for improving construction worker safety and health. However, consideration of worker safety is not traditionally part of the project designer's role. This study investigated the viability of addressing construction worker safety and health in the project's design, known as designing for safety. Research activities included a review of the literature on designing for safety, an examination of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) construction standards containing references to design professionals, and a pilot survey of architects and engineers employed as construction design professionals.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment
Contact
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 2091
Publication Date
20050501
Document Type
Other
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Investigation of the Viability of Designing for Safety
State
OR; FL; NC; MD
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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