CIVL 1050 - ARTICLE REVIEW 1 Increasing Engineer's Role in...

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ARTICLE REVIEW 1 Increasing Engineer's Role in Construction Safety: Opportunities and Barriers By: Marc Krishke CIVL 1050
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ARTICLE REVIEW 2 Introduction According to T. Michael Toole (2005), it seems as if the potential of design civil engineers to prevent safety has been overlooked. It is suggested that construction and engineering professionals should evaluate the role of a designer when it comes to construction safety. It is stated that design civil engineers can make a big difference in the safety of construction workers if they are to execute five tasks in a different manner than what they are used to. By doing this five different tasks in a different manner, the design civil engineers can increase the safety of construction employees (Toole, 2005). However, while there are a lot of opportunities wherein a design civil engineer can employ new techniques, it cannot be helped that there will also be barriers. There are several barriers which will prevent design civil engineers from employing new techniques, thus, preventing them from contributing to worker safety (Toole, 2005). It is necessary for design civil engineers to design for employee safety for it is their responsibility to ensure that their designs are safe and will not harm employees while they are working on them. In fact, academic researchers have written various material about how design civil engineers should create designs which promote employee safety. Even the 1995 legislation in the United Kingdom specifically state that designers should design for worker safety. Also, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has stated that they are going to share information regarding employee safety (Toole, 2005). New Techniques It is stated that changing the way several tasks are done, a civil engineer can help increase construction worker safety; these tasks are: (1) “review for safety,” (2) “create design documents for safety,” (3) “procure for safety,” (4) “review submittals for safety,” and (5) “inspect site operations for safety” (Toole, 2005, p. 199).
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ARTICLE REVIEW 3 The first task would be to “review for safety” (Toole, 2005, p. 200); it means that
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This note was uploaded on 03/16/2011 for the course MGMT 1010 taught by Professor Greek during the Spring '11 term at Macomb Community College.

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