A Behavioour Based Safety Approach for Construction Projects

O. Salem1, H. Lothlikar2, A. Genaidy3 & T. Abdelhamid4

1Associate Professor, Construction Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071
2Graduate Student, Construction Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071
3Associate Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221-0071
4Associate Professor, Construction Management Program, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824

Abstract

The application of behaviour-based safety in the construction industry has been limited. The objective of this research is to provide a decision support system, which will assist construction companies in implementing behaviour-based safety. The research was carried out by performing a detailed review of the existing literature on the topic and carrying out a pilot study to verify the validity of the model. As a part of the model a rating system has been developed which can quantify and evaluate the performance of different sub-contractors working for the primary contractor. The results showed that an adequate improvement in safety performance is possible with this approach. Most of the groups participating in the study showed an improvement in at least three of the safety-based behaviours. Some groups showed improvement in more than six behaviours.

Keywords

Behaviour based safety, applied behaviour analysis, behaviour modification, accidents/injuries.

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Reference

Salem, O. , Lothlikar, H. , Genaidy, A. & Abdelhamid, T. 2007, 'A Behavioour Based Safety Approach for Construction Projects' In:, Pasquire, C.L, C.L. & Tzortzopoulos, P., 15th Annual Conference of the International Group for Lean Construction. East Lansing, Michigan, USA, 18-20 Jul 2007. pp 261-270

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