Safer construction : the development of a guide to best practice

Lingard, Helen, Blismas, Nick , Wakefield, Ron , Jellie, David , & Fleming, Tim (2008) Safer construction : the development of a guide to best practice. In Third International Conference of the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for Construction Innovation, 12-14 March, 2008, Gold Coast, Australia.


In Australia, an average 49 building and construction workers have been killed at work each year since 1997-98. Building/construction workers are more than twice as likely to be killed at work, than the average worker in all Australian industries. The ‘Safer Construction’ project, funded by the CRC-Construction Innovation and led by a task force comprising representatives of construction clients, designers and constructors, developed a Guide to Best Practice for Safer Construction. The Guide, which was informed by research undertaken at RMIT University, Queensland University of Technology and Curtin University, establishes broad principles for the improvement of safety in the industry and provides a ‘roadmap’ for improvement based upon lifecycle stages of a building/construction project. Within each project stage, best practices for the management of safety are identified. Each best practice is defined in terms of the recommended action, its key benefits, desirable outcomes, performance measures and leadership. ‘Safer Construction’ practices are identified from the planning to commissioning stages of a project. The ‘Safer Construction’ project represents the first time that key stakeholder groups in the Australian building/construction industry have worked together to articulate best practice and establish an appropriate basis for allocating (and sharing) responsibility for project safety performance.

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ID Code: 27310
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation, Program A : Business and Industry Development, Project 2005-027-A : Safer Construction
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