Improving Safety Performance - Using Deviation Reporting as a Source for Continuous Improvement

Sigmund Aslesen1, Eunike Sandberg2, Farook Hamzeh3 & Farah Wehbe4

1Development Manager, Veidekke Entreprenor, Department of Strategy & Improvement, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, 0214 Oslo, Norway, sigmund.aslesen@veidekke.no.
2Ph.D candidate, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Veidekke Entreprenor, Department of Strategy & Improvement, P.O. Box 506 Skøyen, 0214 Oslo, Norway. E-mail: eunike.sandberg@veidekke.no.
3Assistant Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 406E Bechtel, American University of Beirut, Riad El Solh-Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon, fh35@aub.edu.lb
4Masters Student, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, American University of Beirut, Riad El Solh-Beirut 1107 2020, Lebanon, faw01@mail.aub.edu

Abstract

This paper focuses on how deviation reporting can be used as a source for continuous improvement of safety performance in construction projects. Deviation reporting here includes the reporting of accidents, near-accidents, and unsafe conditions into a database which, in turn, serves to summarize, analyze, and apply data and information in order to prevent future events. The paper builds further on a contribution made to the 21st IGLC annual conference in Brazil, in which a model was proposed to integrate safety analyses as part of performing production planning and control (Aslesen et al. 2013). Since then, a survey has been conducted including nearly 600 employees in one of the leading construction companies in Norway, to investigate attitudes and awareness about deviation reporting and the Last Planner System (LPS). Findings from the survey reveal a generally positive attitude towards deviation reporting besides a widespread use of Last Planner. However, one major shortcoming exists in the form of lack of training in the use of deviation reports. Besides, the awareness of continuous improvement seems to be insufficient – whether it being related to safety or production planning.

Keywords

Deviation reporting, last planner system, continuous improvement, safety.

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Aslesen, S. , Sandberg, E. , Hamzeh, F. & Wehbe, F. 2014, 'Improving Safety Performance - Using Deviation Reporting as a Source for Continuous Improvement' In:, Kalsaas, B.T., Koskela, L. & Saurin, T.A., 22nd Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. Oslo, Norway, 25-27 Jun 2014. pp 1435-1445

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