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Title: Data flow analysis of plant and equipment health and safety management
Authors: Riaz, Zainab
Edwards, David J.
Holt, Gary D.
Thorpe, Tony
Keywords: Plant
Equipment
Health and safety
Information
Communication
Technology
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Citation: RIAZ, Z. ... et al., 2011. Data flow analysis of plant and equipment health and safety management. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 9 (2), pp. 178 - 203
Abstract: Purpose: Construction plant and equipment accident statistics suggest constant re-evaluation of health and safety (H&S) systems is beneficial. This paper aims to process analyse plant and equipment H&S management systems on UK construction sites, with a view to applying information and communication technology (ICT) to them as an improvement mechanism. Design/methodology/approach: Five construction project case studies drawn from members of the former Major Contractors Group yield rich H&S process data. These are analysed using data flow diagram (DFD) techniques, to evaluate processes and proffer system improvements incorporating ICT. Findings: Causes of unsafe practice regarding management of construction plant and equipment are found to include: aspects of the plant itself, management processes and operator competence. A new ICT "process paradigm" is suggested, the architecture of which incorporates mobile computing, automatic identification and data collection and a management information system. Research limitations/implications: Findings contribute particularly to the fields of plant and equipment; and managing H&S. Practical implications: Suggested ICT direction might form the basis of commercial interest in developing an all-embracing H&S control mechanism for plant and equipment operations. Originality/value: Application of DFD analysis in this setting is quite new.
Description: Closed access. This article was published in the journal, Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology [© Emerald Group Publishing Limited] and the definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17260531111151069
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1108/17260531111151069
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14604
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17260531111151069
ISSN: 1726-0531
Appears in Collections:Closed Access (Civil and Building Engineering)

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