Saf Health Work.  2015 Mar;6(1):39-45. 10.1016/j.shaw.2014.10.002.

Integrating Building Information Modeling and Health and Safety for Onsite Construction

Affiliations
  • 1The Grenfell-Baines School of Architecture, Construction and Environment, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK. aganah@uclan.ac.uk

Abstract

BACKGROUND
Health and safety (H&S) on a construction site can either make or break a contractor, if not properly managed. The usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) for H&S on construction execution has the potential to augment practitioner understanding of their sites, and by so doing reduce the probability of accidents. This research explores BIM usage within the construction industry in relation to H&S communication.
METHODS
In addition to an extensive literature review, a questionnaire survey was conducted to gather information on the embedment of H&S planning with the BIM environment for site practitioners.
RESULTS
The analysis of responses indicated that BIM will enhance the current approach of H&S planning for construction site personnel.
CONCLUSION
From the survey, toolbox talk will have to be integrated with the BIM environment, because it is the predominantly used procedure for enhancing H&S issues within construction sites. The advantage is that personnel can visually understand H&S issues as work progresses during the toolbox talk onsite.

Keyword

building information modeling; communication; construction; health; safety
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