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Lean construction and occupational health and safety risks in construction project management : the case of ironworkers: a short literature review

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Manolache, Constantin T., Arteau, Jean, Nadeau, Sylvie et Wakula, Jurij. 2012. « Lean construction and occupational health and safety risks in construction project management : the case of ironworkers: a short literature review ». In Frühjahrskongress 2012 der Gesellschaft für Arbeitswissenschaft GfA (Kassel, Allemagne, Feb. 22-24, 2012), pp. 57-61. Dortmund : GfA-Press.

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Abstract

Structural steel buildings are used in many construction projects. Lean construction, a new trend in construction building, is an adaptation of lean production to designing, planning and construction of built infrastructures. Based on a contemporary literature review on lean construction, occupational health and safety (OHS) risks in construction project management and trade of ironworkers this paper will describe material, technological parameters and activities of structural steel workers in Europe and North America. It will also describe continuous improvement activities, OHS activities and approaches currently used.Ironworkers work with both structural and reinforcing steel materials. Activities, work organization, environment and equipments of ironworkers are all sources of occupational OHS risks. Ironworkers generally work outside in all weather, although some work indoors in manufacturing plants or underground work sites. The work sites may be in a variety of locations. The work often requires considerable standing, bending, crawling, lifting, climbing, pulling and reaching, and is often conducted in cramped, confined spaces or at heights. Hazards include falls, lifting heavy weights, contact with objects, electrocution or falling objects. Lean production concepts are introduced to enhance construction project management, process synchronization and OHS. Material delivery methods, equipment management and work site organization reduce transportation of steel, unnecessary tasks and human movements, facilitate unloading, organization and lining up of steel ready for assembly, keep workplace clean and safer. This literature review study polishes up the understanding we have of the ironworkers’ activities. Lean construction offers great potential to maximize value and minimize waste as well as improve OHS.

Item Type: Conference proceeding
Professor:
Professor
Arteau, Jean
Nadeau, Sylvie
Affiliation: Génie mécanique
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2014 20:46
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2017 13:24
URI: http://espace2.etsmtl.ca/id/eprint/6620

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