Designers and Safety

Designers and Safety - ZERO Accidents The Designer’s Role...

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Unformatted text preview: ZERO Accidents The Designer’s Role in Construction Worker Safety © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Objectives • Understand the moral obligation to address safety in design safety in design. • Understand how designers can eliminate hazards in the design phase. • Understand practical means of addressing construction worker safety in the design phase. th © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 1 Do Designers Influence Construction Worker Safety? © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Do Architects Address Construction Worker Safety Construction in Their Designs? In general, architects view safety as being the sole responsibility of the contractor the sole responsibility of the contractor. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 2 Do Engineers Address Construction Worker Safety Construction in Their Designs? Engineers readily embrace the philosophy that they can and should address that they can and should address construction construction worker safety in their designs. This is an obligation embodied in the NSPE Code of Ethics. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Which Designers Most Readily Address Construction Worker Safety Through Their Design Decisions? • Design-build firms do this on a regular basis. Design• In design-build firms, the workers who are being designaddressed in their decisions are their own employees. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 3 Is There a Moral Obligation for Designers to Address Construction Worker Safety in Their Designs? • Yes • With knowledge comes the obligation or responsibility to use that knowledge. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Source: NSPE Code of Ethics Why Are Designers Reluctant to Address Construction Worker Safety in Their Designs? • Fear of incurring greater liability • Lack of training in this area • Tradition © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 4 Owners Who Are Proactive on Safety Are Beginning to Mandate Designers to Address Safety • Owners regularly consider only the safest contractors for their projects. • Owners are now extending this philosophy to the designers of their projects. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Examples of How Designers Can Influence Construction Worker Worker Safety © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 5 Parapet Example 30" 39" © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Powerline Example © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 6 Powerline Example © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Steel Construction © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 7 Steel Construction © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® How Can Safety Be Included in the Design? • Constructability reviews can be conducted in which construction worker safety is specifically which construction worker safety is specifically addressed. addressed. • 4-D CAD can help to identify problems regarding safety. • Contractor input during design can be very Contractor input during design can be very beneficial beneficial to project safety. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 8 Key Observations • Designers are reluctant to address safety in their designs their designs. • Design-build firms regularly address safety in Designtheir designs. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® Summary We have reviewed: • The moral obligation to address safety in design. • How designers can eliminate hazards in the design phase. • Practical means of addressing construction worker safety in the design phase. © 2006 Construction Industry Institute® 9 ...
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