An Investigation of the viability of assessment of safety risks at design of building facilities in Australia

Patrick ZOU, W Yu, Adam Sun

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Abstract

Previous research has identified the design aspect of building facilities as being a significant
contributing factor to construction site accidents. The aim of this research is to understand the
perception, current practices, barriers and impacts of identifying, assessing and mitigating safety
risks at design of building projects. Postal surveys were conducted in Sydney Australia. The
research results showed that identifying, assessing and mitigating safety risks at design stage of
building facilities is a viable, valuable and beneficial concept. However, the majority of designers
(architects and engineers) lacked knowledge of and had not implemented such concept/process.
Impacts such as extended time and increased cost were discovered as main concerns faced by
designers. Although many respondents were willing to take up the responsibility of addressing
safety risks during design, it is evident that there is lack of formal training to address the issue. It
was identified that the barriers of lack of understanding potential benefits, and inadequate skills
and resources were the major factors precluding designers from carrying out assessment of safety
risk at design stage, while liability exposure and the nature of subcontracting was not deemed a
significant barrier in implementing the concept, as identified by other researchers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of CIB W099 Conference on Working Together: Planning Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry
Place of PublicationAustralia
PublisherCIB
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventCIB W099 Conference on Working Together: Planning Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry - Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 21 Oct 200923 Oct 2009

Conference

ConferenceCIB W099 Conference on Working Together: Planning Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period21/10/0923/10/09

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    ZOU, P., Yu, W., & Sun, A. (2009). An Investigation of the viability of assessment of safety risks at design of building facilities in Australia. In Proceedings of CIB W099 Conference on Working Together: Planning Designing and Building a Healthy and Safe Construction Industry (pp. 1-10). CIB. https://www.irbnet.de/daten/iconda/CIB20221.pdf