GCU research project helps improve construction safety across the UK

16 September 2013

GCU research project helps improve construction safety across the UK

The team helped reduce the high number of fatalities and injuries in the sector

A GCU research project has led to improved worker safety on construction sites across the UK.

The team, from the School of Engineering and Built Environment and Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research, have developed a number of tools to help reduce the high number of fatalities, injuries and ill health in the sector.

Funders including the UK Health and Safety Executive, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and CITB Construction Skills have backed a number of projects which have improved communication between workers and managers.

A short video on the work can be seen here.

Dr Billy Hare, Reader in Construction Management, School of Engineering and Built Environment and Institute for Sustainable Engineering and Technology Research, said: “Our major challenge was to look for new alternatives to safety committees and the like to engage workers and have them participate in the process.”

Professor Iain Cameron, Vice-Dean, School of Engineering and Built Environment, said: “Most accidents today are multi-causal and safety remains one of the top agenda items for companies today. What they want to do is dip down to as near zero as possible. There’s no doubt that the whole concept of worker engagement, and the various tools developed as part of this research, are seen as one of the main ways they can reach that holy grail.”

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