The use of commercial frameworks for driving exceptional health and safety performance in the construction industry

Summary

Research was undertaken to understand the use of commercial frameworks to drive exceptional H&S performance in large infrastructure construction projects. The research sought to identify characteristics of commercial frameworks currently being used in infrastructure construction projects and evaluate the impact of these commercial frameworks on project H&S performance.

The research revealed a range of characteristics of a commercial framework that can impact on project H&S performance. These included: the contracting strategy/procurement model selected, the way that H&S items are priced and paid for, the mechanisms used for to measure performance and the use of financial incentives or penalties linked to H&S performance. Considerations for incorporating H&S into commercial frameworks were identified.

Team

  • Helen Lingard
  • Tiendung Le
  • James Harley     
  • David Oswald

Partners

  • Melbourne Metro Rail Authority/Level Crossing Removal Authority

Testimonial

The RMIT team's knowledge and understanding of infrastructure risk was evident during their research work on our Commercial Framework project. The team necessarily required, and demonstrated, knowledge and understanding of major project procurement, delivery and project management processes. These were all well-articulated in the final report and other deliverable outputs. The RMIT team also showed capabilities in regard to general human resources concepts and application within the commercial framework research project.

Publications

Peer-reviewed papers/outputs

 

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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 - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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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.