Strategies for Effective Management of Health and Safety in Confined Site Construction

John Spillane, Lukumon Oyedele

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    The overall aim of this research is to identify and catalogue the numerous managerial strategies for effective management of health and safety on a confined, urban, construction site. A mixed methods methodology was adopted using interviews and focus group discussions on three selected case studies of confined construction sites. In addition to these, a questionnaire survey was used based on the findings from the interviews and the focus group discussions. The top five key strategies include (1) Employ safe system of work plans to mitigate personnel health and safety issues; (2) Inform personnel, before starting on-site, of the potential issues using site inductions; (3) Effective communication among site personnel; (4) Draft and implement an effective design site layout prior to starting on-site; and (5) Use of banksman (traffic co-ordinator) to segregate personnel from vehicular traffic. The construction sector is one of the leading industries in accident causation and with the continued development and regeneration of our urban centres, confined site construction is quickly becoming the norm - an environment which only fuels accident creation within the construction sector. This research aids on-site management that requires direction and assistance in the identification and implementation of key strategies for the management of health and safety, particularly in confined construction site environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)50-64
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Construction Economics and Building
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


    • Brown Field Construction Sites; City Centre Development; Confined Site Construction; Health and Safety; Personnel Management; Project Management; Site Management; Productivity; Space Management; Urban Development

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