Safety In Design


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Published June, 2010
Al Palumbo, CCM
The Hirani Group

Traditionally, designers focus on safety of the end users of a facility, including occupants, maintenance personnel, and the public—not the worker who builds it. According to 2003 statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction workers experience death, illness, and injuries on the job more than nearly any other industry in the country. This paper explores the causal link between design and construction accidents and health incidents; presents the status of Safety in Design initiatives and barriers to full implementation in the U.S. and abroad; and cites examples of Safety in Design models that can be implemented to dramatically improve construction safety. The underlying message of the paper emphasizes that many of the construction incidents that result in illness, injury, and death could be avoided through better design choices.




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