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Chew, M Y L (2002) Resistance of polyurethane sealants to hot water. Building Research & Information, 30(05), 367–71.

Choy, L H T, Ho, W K O and Mak, S W K (2012) Housing attributes and Hong Kong real estate prices: a quantile regression analysis. Construction Management and Economics, 30(05), 359-66.

Jacobsson, M and Linderoth, H C J (2012) User perceptions of ICT impacts in Swedish construction companies: 'it's fine, just as it is'. Construction Management and Economics, 30(05), 339-57.

Kerali, A G and Thomas, T H (2002) Effect of mix retention and curing on low-cement walling blocks. Building Research & Information, 30(05), 362–6.

Kohler, N and Lutzkendorf, T (2002) Integrated life-cycle analysis. Building Research & Information, 30(05), 338–48.

Lingard, H C, Cooke, T and Blismas, N (2012) Designing for construction workers' occupational health and safety: a case study of socio-material complexity. Construction Management and Economics, 30(05), 367-82.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: actor-network theory; Construction Hazard Prevention through Design; occupational health and safety
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2012.667569
  • Abstract:
    Drawing upon an empirical analysis of the design and construction of a food processing facility, a theoretical understanding of the impact of design decision-making on the occupational health and safety (OHS) of construction workers is developed. It is argued that current policy and legislative approaches to Construction Hazard Prevention through Design (CHPtD) are inherently limited because they do not adequately reflect the socio-material complexity of decision-making in construction design. Specifically, the simplistic attribution of responsibility to a single socio-technical actor, 'the designer', does not reflect the multiple and disparate influences that impact upon OHS outcomes. Nor do existing CHPtD policy frameworks, management processes and tools recognize the manner in which the interactions and associations between relevant project stakeholders and various non-human artefacts shape (and are also influenced by) the evolution of design decisions. Drawing on actor-network theory (ANT) and using embedded units within a case study approach, the interactions between human actors and non-human artefacts are explored in relation to the design of four components of the food processing facility. The way in which design decisions unfolded and shaped OHS experiences during the construction stage of the project is revealed. The research highlights limitations inherent in current approaches to the management of CHPtD and the need to develop a more robust theoretically based approach to integrating OHS considerations into construction design practice.

Liu, L, Wang, X and Sheng, Z (2012) Achieving ambidexterity in large, complex engineering projects: a case study of the Sutong Bridge project. Construction Management and Economics, 30(05), 399-409.

Straub, A (2002) Strategic technical management of housing stock: lessons from Dutch housing associations. Building Research & Information, 30(05), 372–81.

Tam, C M, Tam, V W Y and Zeng, S X (2002) Environmental Performance Evaluation (EPE) for construction. Building Research & Information, 30(05), 349–61.

Zimina, D, Ballard, G and Pasquire, C (2012) Target value design: using collaboration and a lean approach to reduce construction cost. Construction Management and Economics, 30(05), 383-98.