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Volume :29 Issue : 2 2002      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

Analyzing Construction Site Accidents in Kuwait

Auther : HASHEM M. AL-TABTABAI

Civil Engineering Department, Kuwait University, P.O. Box 5969. Safat 13060,
Kuwait e-mail: tabtabai@civil.kuniv.edu.kw

ABSTRACT 

This paper presents a research study that seeks an understanding of the causes of accidents in the construction industry in Kuwait, and focuses on the role of management, human and behavioral and the projects nature in construction accidents. The paper presents an analysis of accidents in Kuwait along with accident causation and injuries based on accident reports extracted from government agencies. The paper then discusses the results of a survey with the individuals involved in accidents in construction projects and it analyzes and ranks the causes of accidents in construction projects in Kuwait. The respondents were 154 workers ranging from tradesmen to unskilled labor. A questionnaire used in the survey is divided into three parts, the first part identifies the general characteristics of the person involved in the accident. The second part identifies the characteristics of the accident events. The third part identifies the major causes of accidents, in which 30 factors were identified and have been given to the survey respondents to state the level of influence or effect of each factor on the accident. The causes were categorized into three groups, management-related factors, labor and behavioral related factors, and job or project related factors. The factors were measured and ranked under each group by the Relative Importance Index technique. The conclusions of this paper suggest that accidents are attributed mainly to management practices rather than human or behavioral issues. Recommendations are included in the paper to suggest a better application of policy and management actions and procedures to improve the safety at construction sites and projects. 

Key words: Accident Analysis, Construction Industry, Human Errors.

 

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