Falls from height in the construction industry: A critical review of the scientific literature

Nadhim, Evan A., Hon, Carol K.H., Xia, Bo, Stewart, Ian, & Fang, Dongping (2016) Falls from height in the construction industry: A critical review of the scientific literature. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(7), Article no. 638.

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Abstract

Globally, falls from height (FFH) are substantial public health jeopardy and are among the important leading causes of serious and fatal injuries for construction workers. A comprehensive understanding of the causal factors in FFH incidents is urgently required; however, the literature appears to lack a scientific review of FFH. In this study, 297 articles were reviewed that contribute to the topic of fall incidents. Seventy-five (75) articles met the criteria for relevance and were aggregated in a database to support a critical review. A synthesis of macro-variables approach was adopted rather than a structured meta-analysis. Such a method of analysis provides the flexibility to combine previous studies' findings. The most common factors associated with FFH are risky activities, individual characteristics, site conditions, organizational characteristics, agents (scaffolds/ladders) and weather conditions. The outcomes contributed to identifying the most significant research area for safety enhancement by improving engineering facilities, behaviour investigations and FFH prevention methods.

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ID Code: 96315
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: fall from height, construction accidents, construction activities, prevention strategies
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph13070638
ISSN: 1660-4601
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland
Copyright Statement: This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Deposited On: 22 Jun 2016 22:50
Last Modified: 16 Jul 2016 16:44

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