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RR234 - Improving health and safety in construction: Phase 2 - Depth and breadth: Volume 5 - Falls from height: Underlying causes and risk control in the construction industry

Describes a study into the underlying influences on, and control of, falls from height in the construction industry. Three Influence Network workshops were held with a wide range of delegates representing key stakeholders. Analyses have given an insight into: the underlying organisational and human factors influencing falls from height; risk control measures; and their potential effectiveness. These indicate that of the Direct influences on falls from height, Competence, Situational awareness/risk perception, Compliance, Environmental conditions, Operational equipment and Safety equipment are primary influences. Of the Organisational factors, Design for safe construction, Training, Management/supervision and Safety culture are significant. At the Policy level, key factors are Company culture and Safety management. The Regulator and the Market are considered to be the primary environmental influences on falls. Key areas for risk reduction and management were also identified.

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Updated 2010-03-19