Construction Safety – Assignment Example

Running head: HUMAN ERROR Human Error – Accidents in Construction Sites Module: Lecturer: Construction site accidents are quite prone regardless of the numerous regulations and safety measures put in place. This phenomenon makes one wonder as to what could be going wrong despite all these efforts. Although the occurrence of incidences has hugely reduced over the years it is important to uncover what still causes accidents to happen. Human error analysis is quite helpful in this endeavor.
According to Aouad et al. (2006) well over 90 percent of construction accidents are attributed to human error. Human error ranges from failure in detection, problem in diagnosis and errors in relation to planning and implementation. Human characteristics are seen to cause judgmental errors, operational and job related errors. It is clear that human error is a significant cause of accidents in construction sites and emphasis needs to be placed on it to eliminate them altogether as all are avoidable. Some of these specific errors include but not limited to; misuse of stepladders, poor tool handling, vehicle accidents, body strains as a result of heavy lifting etc.
As much as human error is the leading cause of accidents in construction sites, it is also important to appreciate that other factors play a part (Aouad, 2006). One of them is technical faults with machinery e.g. cranes, folk lifts etc. Others are electric faults and structural collapse. To some extent even these other factors can be indirectly attributed to human error as incidences concerning faults with machinery can be out of lack of routine maintenance. Collapsing of structures can be attributed to poor construction while electric faults can be caused by poor hazard control measures as stated by Aouad et al. (2006). It is therefore clear that human error is the major cause of accidents in the construction sites even if other factors are involved.
Aouad, G. et al. (2006). Constructing the future: nD modeling. Taylor & Francis.