Investigating the multi-causal and complex nature of the accident causal influence of construction project features

Patrick A. Manu, Nii A. Ankrah, David G. Proverbs, Subashini Suresh

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Abstract

Construction project features (CPFs) are organisational, physical and operational attributes that characterise construction projects. Although previous studies have examined the accident causal influence of CPFs, the multi-causal attribute of this causal phenomenon still remain elusive and thus requires further investigation. Aiming to shed light on this facet of the accident causal phenomenon of CPFs, this study examines relevant literature and crystallises the attained insight of the multi-causal attribute by a graphical model which is subsequently operationalised by a derived mathematical risk expression that offers a systematic approach for evaluating the potential of CPFs to cause harm and consequently their health and safety (H&S) risk implications. The graphical model and the risk expression put forth by the study thus advance current understanding of the accident causal phenomenon of CPFs and they present an opportunity for project participants to manage the H&S risk associated with CPFs from the early stages of project procurement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-133
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume48
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

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