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Oostakhan M, Mofidi A, Davudian Talab A. Behavior-Based Safety Approach at a Large Construction Site in Iran. IRJ. 2012; 10 :21-25
URL: http://irj.uswr.ac.ir/article-1-221-en.html

1- Department of Occupational Health Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran.
2- Department of Ergonomics, University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Abstract:   (3791 Views)

Objectives: Behavioral-based safety is a term used to describe the prevention of accidents, injuries and loss in the workplace. An effective behavior-based safety program relies on engaging employees to understand how unsafe behaviors lead to injuries and how to eliminate them from the workplace. This paper examines behavior-based safety program in a massive construction site.

Methods: For this purpose experiment and control groups were selected and performance feedback of workers about unsafe and critical behaviors has been reviewed.

Results: Test results show that among the critical behaviors, using ladder correctly among the workers had good feedback, but there is still a problem in concrete pouring behavior. Safety performance index of the experimental group has changed from 66% to 92%.

Discussion: Behavioral-based safety, an approach of identifying and preventing accidents, has many advantages. Implementing behavioral-based safety practices in the workplace ensures a protected environment. Observations identify which behaviors may be unsafe therefore the best practices may be developed.

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Type of Study: Original Research Articles |
Received: 2011/12/1 | Accepted: 2012/01/3 | Published: 2012/02/1

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