"Safety is everyone's job:" the key to safety on a large university construction site.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

PROBLEM: Construction risk management is challenging. METHOD: We combined data on injuries, costs, and hours worked, obtained through a Rolling Owner-Controlled Insurance Program (ROCIP), with data from focus groups, interviews, and field observations, to prospectively study injuries and hazard control on a large university construction project. RESULTS: Lost-time injury rates (1.0/200,000 hours worked) were considerably lower than reported for the industry, and there were no serious falls from height. Safety was considered in the awarding of contracts and project timeline development; hazard management was iterative. A top-down management commitment to safety was clearly communicated to, and embraced by, workers throughout the site. DISCUSSION AND IMPACT: A better understanding of how contracting relationships, workers' compensation, and liability insurance arrangements influence safety could shift risk management efforts from worker behaviors to a broader focus on how these programs and relationships affect incentives and disincentives for workplace safety and health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • McDonald, MA; Lipscomb, HJ; Bondy, J; Glazner, J

Published Date

  • 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 61

PubMed ID

  • 19285587

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1247

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jsr.2008.12.005


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States