Crane safety incident causation

Summary

This research project aimed to identify causes and contributing factors associated with safety incidents involving fixed and mobile cranes used in the construction industry. In particular, the primary data collection focused on the construction industry in New South Wales. The research also explored strategies to reduce the risk of crane-related safety incidents in the construction industry.

The research was conducted in three component parts:

  • a literature review was undertaken
  • an extensive process of qualitative data collection and analysis was pursued, and
  • analysis of SafeWork New South Wales data pertaining to crane-related safety activities was undertaken.

The research identified factors/contributing factors operating at one of three levels in the system of work involving the use of cranes. These were:

  • originating influences
  • shaping factors, and
  • immediate circumstances.

A crane safety incident causation model (which was validated by further industry consultations) reflecting the operation of causal/contributing factors at these three levels was developed.

Team

  • Helen Lingard
  • James Harley
  • Ehsan Gharaie
  • Ron Wakefield   
  • Payam Pirzadeh
  • Tracy-Lee Cooke

Partners

  • Centre for Work Health and Safety NSW
  • SafeWork NSW

Testimonial

This research project has helped us better understand the cause of crane safety incidents in the Australian construction industry and identify what actions can be taken to prevent them - The Hon. Kevin Anderson, MP, Minister for Better Regulation and Innovation, NSW Government.

Publications

Peer-reviewed papers/outputs

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Acknowledgement of country

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.