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Campbell, J M and Smith, S D (2006) Improving industrial value and longevity of safety management research. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 22nd Annual ARCOM Conference, 4-6 September 2006 Birmingham, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 1, 263–71.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: health and safety; organizational culture; partnering; project management; value management
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0 9552390 0 1
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2006-0263-0271_Campbell_and_Smith.pdf
  • Abstract:
    The construction industry has a poor safety record when compared with other UK industries. Industry and academia have responded and many industry led initiatives are now in place. Avenues of academic research have been to focus on simulating experts' responses to dangerous situations along with the development of managerial frameworks. However, many of these tools and systems prove to be unsustainable for "real world" scenarios; enjoying only short-lived success or being so unyielding as to make progression from research to industrial use poor value for money. To counter this problem, a number of "objectives" are introduced to address cultural, managerial and technical issues and restraints. This is based on critical reviews of other academic research along with a discussion of soft management and collaborative techniques. The ultimate aim of the proposed objectives is to strengthen the relationship between industrial and research partners by increasing the longevity of academic research applications and adding value "at the sharp end" of construction work. Finally, a case study demonstrates how the "objectives" can be used, and the strengths and weaknesses of this method discussed.