A study to determine if sub-contractor supervisors should receive behaviour based safety training for use in the UK construction industry

Young, Oliver (2015) A study to determine if sub-contractor supervisors should receive behaviour based safety training for use in the UK construction industry. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Behaviour based safety is a different approach to safety, that attempts to changes operatives attitudes and behaviour onsite in an attempt to prevent injuries happening. It focuses on encouraging safe behaviour rather than punishing people for unsafe behaviour, as this often has a negative effect.

    This dissertation was undertaken to determine if sub-contractor supervisors should receive behaviour based safety training for use on the operatives that they supervise. The reason for this being that a supervisor has a greater amount of contact with his site operatives, as well as a stronger relationship with said people, compared to a main contractor construction manager.

    The literature review focuses on 3 key areas, health and safety in construction, behaviour based safety in construction, and sub contractor supervisors. This provided information that gave positive support to the project objectives outlined in the introduction.

    Following this, after reviewing different methods, the methodology states that interviews will be conducted to gather the data for this report. 6 interview questions, each with sub questions, were created to extract the specific information required by the author.

    The analysis of the interview results provided 4 main conclusions.
    1. Training for supervisors varies upon age and the risk of activities being undertaken.
    2. Behaviour based safety is currently used less than was expected from the literature review.
    3. If a supervisor behaviour based safety training scheme was implemented, it should be done so by the sub contractor, rather than the main contractor.
    4. The evidence suggests that it would be beneficial to provide supervisors with behaviour based safety training.
    Should this study be undertaken again in the future, the number of interview responses would be increased. In addition to this, a questionnaire would be used to gather information from site operatives themselves in an attempt to find out what percentage of the work force would be willing to cooperate with this type of safety program.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2015 16:25
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2015 16:25
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17979

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