Investigating safety development methodologies in the construction industry and identifying gaps in the studies: a review article
by Mostafa Pouyakian; Ali Akbar Shafikhani; Amir Abbas Najafi; Behrouz Afshar-Nadjafi; Amir Kavousi
International Journal of Critical Infrastructures (IJCIS), Vol. 20, No. 2, 2024

Abstract: Identifying the appropriate safety methodology is essential to improving construction safety performance. This study aims to investigate safety development methodologies in the construction industry and identify gaps in the studies. Articles published from 2000 to 2022 were reviewed. Seventy-seven eligible articles were selected based on comprehensive and exclusive criteria. After obtaining selected literature, gaps in using these methodologies were discussed. Twelve criteria were used to compare safety methodologies. The selected literature focused more on the construction phase and did not provide an effective strategy in the project planning phase. Although the studies had specific benefits, none examined the safety program based on actual project conditions (resource, time, and cost constraints). There is a need for a model that examines safety in terms of actual project conditions (time, cost, and resource constraints). In addition, the model must optimise not only safety but also other vital components of the project (cost, time, and quality) while considering resource constraints (especially equipment constraints). If such a model is designed, the project team will not resist safety changes, which benefits all the construction stakeholders.

Online publication date: Mon, 18-Mar-2024

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