Integrating Building Information Modeling and Health and Safety for Onsite Construction

Ganah, Abdulkadir orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-9911-8505 and John, Godfaurd A. orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-5016-5909 (2014) Integrating Building Information Modeling and Health and Safety for Onsite Construction. Safety and Health at Work, 6 (1). pp. 39-45. ISSN 2093-7911

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Health and safety (H&S) on a construction site can either make or break a contractor, if not properly managed. The usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for H&S on construction execution has the potential to augment practitioner understanding of their sites, and by so doing reduce the probability of accidents. This research explores BIM usage within the construction industry in relation to H&S communication.

In addition to an extensive literature review, a questionnaire survey was conducted to gather information on the embedment of H&S planning with the BIM environment for site practitioners.

The analysis of responses indicated that BIM will enhance the current approach of H&S planning for construction site personnel.

From the survey, toolbox talk will have to be integrated with the BIM environment, because it is the predominantly used procedure for enhancing H&S issues within construction sites. The advantage is that personnel can visually understand H&S issues as work progresses during the toolbox talk onsite.

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