Opposing influences on construction plant and machinery health and safety innovations

Holt, GD (2016) Opposing influences on construction plant and machinery health and safety innovations. Construction Innovation Information, Process, Management, 16 (3). ISSN 1471-4175

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Official URL: http://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/CI-1...


Purpose: To: consider opposing influences on workplace plant and machinery health and safety (PMH&S) innovations; highlight examples of these to model PMH&S innovations’ effectiveness at the workplace; develop guidance for improvement of same and, for construction health and safety (H&S) performance. Methodology: Qualitative meta-analysis, of data distributed among a sample of published research in the field. Inductive reasoning based on informal, qualitative, interpretive analysis. Findings: Nearly all PMH&S innovations (positive influences) originate from original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and specialist companies throughout the supply chain. Negative influences that can counter these potential H&S benefits result mainly from human (in)action(s) at the workplace. These are classified (and analysed) in terms of ‘error’, ‘indifference’ and ‘lack of training’. ‘Tolerant’ H&S management is another negative influence found among these classifications. Originality: The study draws from a targeted meta-sample of research in the field, a model of positive and negative influences on PMH&S innovations that emphasises workers’ (in)action(s). Classification: Research paper

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