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Safety 2015 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2015 Proceedings.


Safety 2014 Proceedings, ASSE

ASSE Safety 2014 Proceedings.


A1 Construction Site Modeling for Construction Safety Education, Nick Nichols

This modeling project involves not only the construction of a three dimensional model, but would also entail the analysis of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Construction Safety Standards and accident case study research applicable to the work undertaken. This model approach to teaching about “construction safety concepts” has been effectively utilized in the Construction Safety course (SFTY 3553) offered in the Department of Occupational Safety and Health at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (SE) .


772 Risk Prevention Through Design and Management Construction: The UK/EU Experience, John F. Stevens and Lawrence Bamber

This paper/presentation examines the UK/EU experience of risk prevention through proactive design and management in the Construction industry. It reviews the recent changes in the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, 2015 which fully come into force on 1st October, 2015. These new CDM Regulations now reflect best practice in the industry and highlight the required core competencies of all players, including designers/architects, clients, contractors/sub-contractors and site management teams.It also sets out the typical UK approach to contractor selection/approval and project management.


762 Virtual Design & Construction for Safer Construction Projects, David B. Korman and Albert Zulps

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC/BIM) may be used to plan and communicate project safety measures and to improve project safety during construction and in facility operations. Creating a virtual building in 3D allows for a clear understanding of the proposed building by all stakeholders, regardless of their ability to read drawings. The building is spatially correct and can therefore be used for to identify and mitigate safety hazards in the planning stage that would affect construction and operations of the building. This paper will review how VDC/BIM may be used throughout all phases of the project lifecycle to enhance safety.


763 Overreaching on Ladders: Motivated to Succeed or Fail?, Angela DiDomenico and Mary F. Lesch

Falls from ladders remain a critical safety issue within the workplace due to the frequency at which falls occur and the severity of the resulting injuries. Guidelines for safe ladder use state that the body should remain within the rails of the ladder (“belly button” or “belt buckle” rule), yet, many ladder falls occur while workers are performing extended lateral reaches during task performance. Falls can occur because the individual loses balance and falls off the ladder or because the ladder tips over, causing the individual to fall with it. This paper will explore the effect of motivation (task completion) on lateral reach distances performed by experienced ladder users while working on stepladders of different heights.


761 Finding Answers Using the ASSE Body of Knowledge, Ann E. Schubert

The American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) offers assistance to both safety professionals and employers of safety professionals through its on-line resource the Body of Knowledge. This powerful tool helps users identify best practices to better protect people, property, and the environment. For professionals in the field seeking resources and guidance, the Body of Knowledge includes checklists, technical papers, presentation information, training material, and program outlines in a variety of formats including web links, Word documents, PDFs, PowerPoint slides, and videos.


Toolbox Talks Insights for Improvement, Vicki Kaskutas, Lisa Jaegers, Ann Marie Dale and Bradley Evanof

•Toolbox talks can improve communication, empower workers, reduce injuries and improve safety. However, they often are missed opportunities to provide important safety messages in construction. •Two research projects—one using contextually driven work site information and one using a participatory problem-solution approach—were conducted to gain insight on ways to improve toolbox talks. •Results indicate that these approaches improved worker participation in site-specific safety communication.


Musculoskeletal Disorders in Construction, Sang D. Choi, Lu Yuan and James G. Borchardt

This review study addresses work-related musculoskeletal injuries and disorders and practical solutions in seven construction trades/occupations (carpenters, masons, electricians, sheet metal workers, roofers, ironworkers, plumbers). •By identifying risk factors for these injuries and disorders, OSH professionals can offer effective interventions to meet the challenges that contractors face in the field. •The simple good practices solutions summarized can help mitigate potential ergonomic hazards and increase productivity at construction job sites.


PowerPoint: Tunneling Safety, John Newquist

A PowerPoint presentation covering tunneling safety, the hazards when doing tunneling work and applicable standards.


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