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Risk Assessment of panelized wall systems in residential construction using critical incident technique.

Authors
Kim-HN; Nussbaum-MA; Seol-H; Kim-S; Smith-Jackson-TL
Source
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, Oct. 16-20, 2006, San Francisco, California. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2006 Oct; 50(19):2222-2226
NIOSHTIC No.
20043272
Abstract
Panelized wall systems are now extensively utilized in residential construction, which is recognized as a high-risk industry. A considerable number of construction injuries are reported every year. According to Occupational Safety & Health Administration (2005), 38,000 construction injuries occur each year. Safety on construction sites may not have the highest priority, as emphases of the construction industry are more on speed, efficiency, and economy. Furthermore, panelized wall systems have not been investigated in terms of hazard analysis. The primary purpose of the study was to identify the hazards related to panelized wall systems and to provide recommendations to improve the construction work environment. A critical incident technique was used to identify hazards through video-based observation, and the identified hazards were classified into five categories with twelve subcategories. Recommendations were provided for the hazards in each category. Based on the outcomes of the critical incident technique, risks associated with panelized wall systems were assessed using the MIL-STD-882B Risk Assessment Matrix.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Risk-factors; Injuries; Safety-practices; Hazards; Work-environment
Contact
Michael L. Madigan, Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Tech, Mail Code 0219, Blacksburg, VA 24061
CODEN
PHFSDQ
Publication Date
20061001
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008308
Issue of Publication
19
ISSN
1071-1813
Source Name
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 50th Annual Meeting, Oct. 16-20, 2006, San Francisco, California
State
VA
Performing Organization
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
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