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Technological intervention to eliminate deaths during pipe-installation.

Authors
Li-B; Bernold-LE
Source
Trends and current best practices in construction safety and health. Hinze J, ed. Gainesville, FL: IeJC, 2005 Aug; :1-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20029399
Abstract
Even though diverse support systems such as shoring, shielding, and sloping are to be applied to protect workers from cave-ins in trench excavating and pipe laying operations, accidents still happen. Tele-operation, which enables the control of a mechanical device from a safe distance provides a technical alternative making OSHA regulations non-applicable. This paper will present two remotely controlled manipulators able to install large and small pipes. Because of the need to be competitive on every project-bid, contractors have to be assured that new technologies not only work in the rugged environment of a construction site but that they also reduce cost. Not having to observe OSHA regulation results in many cost savings such as a reduction in excavation volume, less material to be backfilled and compacted, and a reduction in man-hours. The paper will discuss not only the technologies that were integrated into the system but also show the use of the system in the construction environment.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-equipment; Occupational-hazards; Mortality-data; Mortality-rates; Occupational-accidents; Safety-measures; Excavation-equipment; Accidents; Accident-prevention; Ground-stability; Ground-control
Publication Date
20050831
Document Type
Chapter
Editors
Hinze-J
Funding Amount
579751
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
ISBN No.
1886431094
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004201
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
Source Name
Trends and current best practices in construction safety and health
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division