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A BEHAVIOR-BASED SAFETY APPROACH FOR CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES

by LOTLIKAR, HARSHAD SURESH

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Background: Behavior-based safety (BBS) is one of the promising methods used in the construction industry to reduce the incidence of accidents and injuries. However, the construction industry needs to an approach which can address its safety issues with the required flexibility. Objective: To provide a decision support system which will let construction companies (especially small and medium-sized construction companies) implement behavior-based safety. Methods: Perform a review of the existing literature on the topic and carry out a pilot study to verify the credibility of the model. Develop a rating system to quantify and evaluate the performance of different sub-contractors working for the company. Results Most of the sub-contractors showed a statistically significant improvement in at least three of the behaviors. Some showed improvement in more than six behaviors. Conclusions The rating procedure suggested in this research can provide the information about the actual safety performance of the company for different behaviors. The research shows that a statistically significant improvement in safety performance is possible with the model.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:keywords behavior based safety applied analysis modification accidents injuries

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Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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