Electrical Contractors' Safety-Risk Management

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Electrical Contractors' Safety-Risk Management

Given the fact that specialty contractors in the construction industry perform critical manual tasks that put them in contact with various hazards, enhancing the safety performance of these contractors is an important undertaking. Our research utilizes recently developed attribute-based risk-assessment methods to create a safety-risk database that will support a risk assessment tool (a mobile application); designers, project managers, and specialty contractors will be able to use this tool to identify and assess the risk of their construction activities. This study focuses on electrical tasks since contact with electricity is the fourth highest cause of fatalities in the construction industry. The results of our work can be integrated into building information modeling and will enhance preconstruction safety practices. We anticipate that these findings will drastically change the way potential injuries are considered during planning, project financing, and safety controls.

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