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Campbell, J M and Smith, S D (2007) Safety, hazard and risk identification and management in infrastructure management: a project overview. In: Boyd, D (Ed.), Proceedings 23rd Annual ARCOM Conference, 3-5 September 2007, Belfast, UK. Association of Researchers in Construction Management, Vol. 2, 599–608.

  • Type: Conference Proceedings
  • Keywords: case based reasoning; risk management; safety; transportation
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-0-9552390-0-7
  • URL: http://www.arcom.ac.uk/-docs/proceedings/ar2007-0599-0608_Campbell_and_Smith.pdf
  • Abstract:
    Safety hazards within transportation based projects can lead to serious injuries to company employees and the general public alike. Risks associated with such hazards must be managed in order to reduce the possibility of accidents and lighten injury severity. It is also envisaged that such a proactive risk management scheme would return significant cost savings associated with a reduction in compensation claimants and breaches in health and safety legalisation. This paper presents the current progress of a 3 year PhD project at the University of Edinburgh set up to address the above situation. The project is funded by Carillion Plc and an EPSRC industrial CASE award. A case based reasoning methodology has been employed to create a prototype safety tool hosted via Microsoft Access program. The tool aids classification of work tasks using a system based on RIDDOR categories. The tool then searches a database to retrieve a selection of control measures / hazard mitigations that have been used in similar past work tasks. These suggested mitigations can either be accepted or declined by users and/or new mitigations can be added and uploaded to the database library for use in the next cycle.