About this Research Topic
In the construction sector, declining productivity, strong resistance to change, conventional work methods, and the exposure of construction workers to hazardous conditions and materials on project sites have combined to make the management of occupational safety and health an on-going practice and research concern. Similar to other industrial sectors, the construction sector is seeing rapid proliferation in technology.
However, it still relies on age-old procedures and methods to produce immovable physical assets. Construction workplace fatalities, injuries and illnesses are devastating for society, employers, workers and the concerned families. As a result, stakeholders in the construction industry, including clients, designers and contractors are mindful of occupational safety, health and well-being issues. Widely known methods of preventing accidents, injuries and ill-health include forming occupational safety and health committees, holding regular toolbox meetings on project sites, conducting hazard and risk assessments, providing training, and deploying safety and health professionals on sites. However, these interventions are unable to adequately cope with the complexities of the industry. The rate of health, safety, and well-being issues recorded in construction through conventional practices necessitate a mind shift with the advancements in technologies. To support these initiatives, emerging technologies in construction could help reduce productivity loss while mitigating occupational safety, health and well-being issues on project sites.
This collection therefore provides foresight as to how emerging technologies in construction would potentially impact the construction health and safety management. The collection will provide insights into how technology can help the construction supply chain to address occupational safety, health and well-being issues on projects.
Keywords: Construction, Health, Management, Safety, Technology, well-being
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