Design hazard identification and the link to site experience

Graham Hayne, Bimal Kumar, Billy Hare

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The training, development and routes to charteredship of building design engineers have undergone a major transformation in recent years. Additionally, the duration and quality of site experience being gained by designers is reducing. While accident causation is often complex, previous research shows a potential link between design and construction accidents. The effectiveness of the UK’s Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations is being questioned, and designers regularly do not recognise the impact they can make on site safety. A newly developed hazard perception test was used to determine if students and design practitioners are able to identify hazards in designs and to establish if site experience impacts hazard identification. The results of the tests show an association between the ability to identify and mitigate hazards and possession of site experience. The results provide empirical evidence that supports previous anecdotal evidence. The results also question if the design engineers of today are suitably equipped to fulfil the designer’s responsibilities under the CDM Regulations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-94
JournalProceedings of Institution of Civil Engineers: Management, Procurement and Law
Issue number2
Early online date6 Feb 2017
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


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