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This paper presents some of the findings from a time-limited, independent
research project that reviewed evidence about underlying causes of construction
accidents and levers within and beyond health & safety systems to make further
improvements. The triangulated method incorporated national and international
expert consultations with a total of 72 participants from across the industry,
plus a literature review. An initial ‘sounding out’ exercise was also undertaken
to gather feedback on the practical strategies developed during the consultation
process. Perspectives on the underlying causes identified: broader societal and
industry-wide influences (macro); project and process factors (mezzo); and
worker/supervisor/workplace causes (micro). A number of improvement
strategies were suggested, some of which have been summarised in this paper.