Safety4Site commitment to enhance jobsite safety management and performance

Qian Chen, Ruoyu Jin

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Abstract

Safety management is becoming increasingly important in the construction industry. Effective safety management not only reduces contractors' incident rates and compensation costs, it also enhances productivity and efficiency in project execution. In addition, better safety performance increases contractors' competitive advantage in the market by providing better values to their clients. This paper presents a case study of an on-site safety management program launched by a general contractor (GC). The initial findings, based on quantitative measurement of incident rates and safety violations, are presented to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. Overall, the program is effective in reducing jobsite accidents/incidents and safety violations in the GC's organization while having less effect on subcontractors' safety performance. This research also finds no linear relationship between incident rates and safety violation rates, indicating that these two measurements are uncorrelated and that both of them need to be used in evaluating jobsite safety performance and the effectiveness of a safety program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-519
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Volume138
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • Construction
  • Safety
  • Safety management
  • Safety performance
  • Incident rate
  • Safety violation rate
  • Focus 4 hazards

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