Data flow analysis of plant and equipment health and safety management

Riaz, Z. and Edwards, D.J. and Holt, G.D. and Thorpe, T. (2011) Data flow analysis of plant and equipment health and safety management. Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, 9 (2). pp. 178-203. ISSN 17260531 (ISSN)

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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. © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Communication, Equipment, Health and safety, Information, Plant, Technology, Accident statistic, Automatic identification and data collections, Construction projects, Control mechanism, Data flow diagrams, Design/methodology/approach, Health and safety, Improvement mechanism, Information, Information and Communication Technologies, Management process, Management systems, New ICT, Plant, Re-evaluation, Research limitations, S-process, UK construction, Automation, Construction equipment, Construction industry, Data communication equipment, Data flow analysis, Data transfer, Health, Knowledge management, Information technology
Subjects: K900 Others in Architecture, Building and Planning
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Integrated Design Construction
UoA Collections > UoA16: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Hussen Farooq
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2016 10:43
Last Modified: 20 Jul 2016 10:43
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2123

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