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Health and safety issues relating to construction excavators and their attachments

Health and safety issues relating to construction excavators and their attachments Purpose – In striving to minimise downtime and optimise the productivity of construction excavators, very often, they employ a “quick‐hitch” (Qh) as a means of changing attachments (like buckets) more quickly. Health and safety issues can relate to Qh use. The purpose of this paper is to observe these health and safety issues and consider their implications for stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – Triangulation, embracing a literature review; case studies; and the researchers' experiential knowledge, is employed to examine the nature and prevalence of Qh health and safety incidents. Findings – It is confirmed that significant risks are associated with (inappropriate) Qh use, especially relating to “manual” and “semi‐automatic” types. The main causes of Qh incidents are observed to be due to workers' acts or omissions, particularly, failure to properly implement safety mechanisms. Practical implications – An identified emphasis on “people” and their actions, suggest a need for changes in construction working methods and management practice, as ways to help remove Qh risks. Accordingly, proffered solutions relate predominantly to improved worker training, combined with stricter site management. Mechanical solutions may involve possible changes to Qh design. Originality/value – This specific area of academic plant management study is novel. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management Emerald Publishing

Health and safety issues relating to construction excavators and their attachments

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0969-9988
DOI
10.1108/09699980810886838
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Abstract

Purpose – In striving to minimise downtime and optimise the productivity of construction excavators, very often, they employ a “quick‐hitch” (Qh) as a means of changing attachments (like buckets) more quickly. Health and safety issues can relate to Qh use. The purpose of this paper is to observe these health and safety issues and consider their implications for stakeholders. Design/methodology/approach – Triangulation, embracing a literature review; case studies; and the researchers' experiential knowledge, is employed to examine the nature and prevalence of Qh health and safety incidents. Findings – It is confirmed that significant risks are associated with (inappropriate) Qh use, especially relating to “manual” and “semi‐automatic” types. The main causes of Qh incidents are observed to be due to workers' acts or omissions, particularly, failure to properly implement safety mechanisms. Practical implications – An identified emphasis on “people” and their actions, suggest a need for changes in construction working methods and management practice, as ways to help remove Qh risks. Accordingly, proffered solutions relate predominantly to improved worker training, combined with stricter site management. Mechanical solutions may involve possible changes to Qh design. Originality/value – This specific area of academic plant management study is novel.

Journal

Engineering, Construction and Architectural ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 4, 2008

Keywords: Construction industry; Health and safety; General management; Machine tools; Mechanical engineering

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