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The relationship between integrated design and construction and safety on construction projects


  • Andrew Atkinson
  • Rebecca Westall


The occurrence of accidents and injuries continues to be a major problem in construction worldwide. Even though accident statistics have been improving in most markets there are significant areas requiring further attention. The extent of integrated working between designers and constructors may be an instrumental factor. A comparison is undertaken of the accident performance of 55 large construction projects in the UK, with varying levels of design/construction integration as represented by procurement path. Although a statistical relationship between high levels of integration and low levels of accidents was weak, a follow-up interview study provided strong support, suggesting that a lack of significance was related to the unreliability of the statistics available. The interview study also indicated reasons for this link. A key element in improved safety was seen to be better communications and a more positive relationship between designers and constructors. Further research into designing for safety for all procurement paths is recommended.

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  • Andrew Atkinson & Rebecca Westall, 2010. "The relationship between integrated design and construction and safety on construction projects," Construction Management and Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 28(9), pages 1007-1017.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:conmgt:v:28:y:2010:i:9:p:1007-1017
    DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2010.504214

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