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The Causes of Work Place Accidents and their Relation to Construction Equipment Design

By Bianca Vasconcelos and Béda Barkokébas Junior


AbstractSeveral studies have been conducted in order to identify and analyze the causes of hazards and safety risks at work using different methods of accident investigation. This study aims to analyze a workplace accident on a construction site, in the area of solid waste recycling, in order to identify the causes of the accident and propose solutions to the design of the construction equipment. A technical analysis of the fatal accident was designed based on an on-site inspection of the accident, meetings and testimony gathering, a report on the nature of the event, a probable description of the accident and a proposal for corrective and preventive measures. Amongst the possible causes of this fatal accident are: failure in the design of the mobile crushing equipment, inadequate instructions from the manufacturer regarding the use of the bridge, inappropriate operating procedures, and lack of training on the part of the management team. Finally, corrective and preventive measures were proposed, focusing on the design of the product involved in the accident

Publisher: Published by Elsevier B.V.
Year: 2015
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.promfg.2015.07.437
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