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Document ID (ISN)103385
CIS number 04-388
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2854-X
Year 2004
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report RR 234
Health and Safety Executive
Title Improving health and safety in construction: Phase 2 - Depth and breadth: Volume 5 - Falls from height: Underlying causes and risk control in the construction industry
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2004. xiv, 167p. Illus. 37 ref. Price: GBP 35.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
Internet access [in English]
Abstract This report describes a study into the underlying causes of falls from heights in the construction industry. Data were collected and analysed during a series of workshops with the participation of representatives of all major parties involved. Underlying organizational and human factors influencing accidents were identified, together with risk control measures and their potential effectiveness. The most important direct factors influencing falls from heights are competence, situational awareness and risk perception, compliance, environmental conditions, and operational and safety equipment. Among the organizational factors, design for safe construction, training, management and supervision and safety culture were found to be significant. Several recommendations are made on the basis of these findings. This report is part of a series on improving health and safety in the construction sector. For the other reports, see CIS 04-280, 04-386, 04-387 and 04-389.
Descriptors (primary) construction sites; falls from heights; causes of accidents; construction industry
Descriptors (secondary) safety consciousness; analysis of accident causes; United Kingdom; report; human factors; safety by design; risk factors; qualifications; safety training in industry; role of management; role of supervisory staff; construction equipment
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Falls from heights