Title

Preventing fatalities in the construction industry — a review of critical risk management strategies

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Health, Safety and Environment

Publisher

Wolters Kluwer

School

School of Medical and Health Sciences

RAS ID

29918

Comments

Selleck, R & Cattani, M. (2019) Preventing fatalities in the construction industry — a review of critical risk management strategies. Journal of Health, Safety and Environment. 35 (3), 193-211.

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Abstract

An analysis of fatalities across Australian construction projects highlighted leadership, risk management, risk maturity and safety climate as priorities for improvement. In comparison, these elements are incorporated into the Australian mining, and oil and gas industry, critical risk management and safety case regimes and appear to have contributed to the reduction of fatalities in the mining industry, and subsequent elimination of fatalities in offshore facilities. In this paper, the authors review fatal hazard risk management processes used in the construction, oil and gas and mining industries. The authors propose an alternative approach to construction industry fatality prevention based on the risk assessment and critical control processes used in other industries. The alternative approach is presented as a shift in focus from risk assessment to risk control including a review of the construction site safety climate and fatal risk management practices.

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