Trench safety-using a qualitative approach to understand barriers and develop strategies to improve trenching practices.
Int J Const Ed Res 2012 Jun; 8(1):63-79
Despite efforts to ensure workplace safety and health, injuries and fatalities related to trenching and excavation remain alarmingly high in the construction industry. Because properly installed trenching protective systems can potentially reduce the significant number of trenching fatalities, there is clearly a need to identify the barriers to the use of these systems and to develop strategies to ensure these systems are utilized consistently. The current study reports on the results of focus groups with construction workers and safety management personnel to better understand these barriers and to identify solutions. The results suggest several factors, from poor planning to pressures from experienced workers and supervisors, which present barriers to safe trenching practices. Based on the results, it is recommended that safety trainings incorporate unique messages for new workers, experienced workers and management in an effort to motivate each group to work safely as well as provide them with solutions to overcome the identified barriers.
Construction; Construction-industry; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Safety-measures; Training; Workers; Work-environment; Work-areas; Protective-measures;
Author Keywords: construction industry; safety climate; safety performance; safety training; trench safety
Michael A. Flynn, CDC/NISOH, EID, 4676 Columbia Pkwy, M/S - C10, Cincinnati, OH 45226
International Journal of Construction Education and Research