Regulatory, Organizational, and Operational Issues in Road Construction Safety

Debnath, Ashim Kumar, Banks, Tamara, Blackman, Ross, Dovan, Nathan, Haworth, Narelle, & Biggs, Herbert (2016) Regulatory, Organizational, and Operational Issues in Road Construction Safety. In Arezes, Pedro M. & Carvalho, Paulo Victor Rodrigues de (Eds.) Ergonomics and Human Factors in Safety Management. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp. 31-48.

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Conceptually, the management of safety at roadworks can be seen in a three level framework. At the regulatory level, roadworks operate at the interface between the work environment, governed by workplace health and safety regulations, and the road environment, which is subject to road traffic regulations and practices. At the organizational level, national, state and local governments plan and purchase road construction and maintenance which are then delivered in-house or tendered out to large construction companies who often subcontract multiple smaller companies to supply services and labor. At the operational level, roadworks are difficult to isolate from the general public, hindering effective occupational health and safety controls. This study, from the State of Queensland, Australia, examines how well this tripartite framework functions. It includes reviews of organizational policy and procedures documents; interviews with 24 subject matter experts from various road construction and maintenance organizations, and on-site interviews with 66 road construction personnel. The study identified several factors influencing the translation of safety policies into practice including the cost of safety measures in the context of competitive tendering, lack of firm evidence of the effectiveness of safety measures, and pressures to minimize disruption to the travelling public.

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ID Code: 98540
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: roadwork safety, work zone, organizational safety, roadwork policy analysis, perceived safety
ISBN: 9781498727563
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2016 23:17
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2016 23:55

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