Relationship between intensification of the activities and the work accidents on construction sites

By Couto, Joao; Arezes, P; Baptista, JS; Barroso, MP; Carneiro, P; Cordeiro, P; Costa, N; Melo, R;

Sho 2012: International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene

2012

Abstract

Currently, the construction companies are subject to enormous pressures to achieve the objectives of time and budget. However, this situation can result in the workplace unsafe and prone to work accidents because often, with the purpose of fulfilling the deadlines, is relegated to the background the implementation of measures of prevention of occupational hazards. In order to discuss the relationship between intensification of the activities and the work accidents on construction sites, a gathering process of the views of various construction stakeholders (public owners and private owners, contractors and designers/consultants) was performed, as part of a national survey on construction delays. It was found that the most respondents from stakeholders agree with the growing evidence of this problem. However, much believes that it is possible to conciliate the growing pressure imposed by compliance with deadlines, with the essential requirements for quality and safety through a more efficient coordination.

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