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|Title: ||Designing for health – reducing occupational health risks in bored pile operations|
|Authors: ||Gibb, Alistair G.F.|
Pavitt, Trevor C.
|Keywords: ||Occupational health|
|Issue Date: ||2007|
|Publisher: ||Chartered Institute of Building|
|Citation: ||GIBB. ... et al, 2007. Designing for health – reducing occupational health risks in bored pile operations. Construction Information Quarterly, Special Issue: Health and Safety, 9 (3), pp. 113-123.|
|Abstract: ||Insitu concrete bored piling is a common foundation solution for both major building and civil engineering
projects. The technique is used both for individual or grouped piles topped with a pile cap, or a line of
piles, contiguous or secant, topped with a capping beam as part of a basement or abutment construction.
There are many health hazards associated with bored piles. One of the main risks is the breaking down
of the unwanted pile-top, typically using hand-held pneumatic breakers. This operation creates particular
problems for hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS), dust and noise. But there are several viable
alternatives to this procedure that remove or significantly reduce these risks. These innovations have
been developed by the construction supply chain and are readily available.
D4h, a UK Government-funded research project by Loughborough University and the European
Construction Institute, has demonstrated that designers can play their part in encouraging their adoption,
without straying into the perceived danger of specifying means and methods. If designers are willing to
identify pile-top break down as a significant residual risk in their health and safety assessment, thus
requiring the Principal Contractor1 to provide proposals to address this risk – this may be the only push
needed to get the industry to eliminate the major HAVS problem from insitu bored piles.
This paper will benefit the health and safety research community, especially those working on designer
intervention. The paper will also be of use to industry practitioners, providing innovative solutions to a
significant occupational health risk as well as challenging designers to take construction health and safety
|Version: ||Accepted for publication|
|Publisher Link: ||http://www.ciob.org.uk/|
|Appears in Collections:||Published Articles (Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering)|
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