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Investigation of the viability of designing for safety.
Gambatese JA; Hinze J; Behm M
Silver Spring, MD: The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 2005 May; :1-39
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.
Construction; Construction-workers; Mortality-rates; Morbidity-rates; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Exposure-levels; Exposure-limits; Hazards; Workers; Work-environment
Building and Construction Trades Dept., AFL-CIO: CPWR, Suite 1000, 8484 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Investigation of the viability of designing for safety
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The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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