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Public works construction safety project. Case studies.
NIOSH 1994 Nov; :1-20
Case studies of three public works construction projects were reviewed (Maryland State Highway Administration Construction, the Denver Airport Project, and the Boston Harbor Project) which took into consideration historical risk of worker fatalities, the levels of worker risk, adequacy of safety standards, and examples of how worker safety was enhanced either through heightened compliance strategies or government involvement or enhanced contractor worker safety policies and programs. These three projects provided evidence that enlightened policies and programs can make an important difference to safety and health of construction workers on public works projects. The Highway Project in Maryland increased various safety signs and equipment used to protect workers from drivers on the highways, along with increasing the fines paid by motorists speeding in construction zones. The Denver Airport Project involved 11,000 workers hired to build the world's eighth largest airport and in the process it became an incubator for aggressive safety measures, particularly in the area of fall protection. The Boston Harbor Project involved treatment sites for tons of raw sewage and waste water. A prebid safety record qualification test was required for bidding on the project. On the job safety audits of contractors and subcontractors were conducted.
NIOSH-Contract; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Accident-prevention; Accident-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-programs; Public-utilities; Case-studies; Region-1; Region-3; Region-7
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