Perceptions of workplace vibration hazards among a small sample of UK construction professionals

David J. Edwards, Gary D. Holt

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Abstract

Purpose - The Control of Vibration at Work Regulations (CVWR) became law in 2005. They are of particular relevance to construction - which by nature of its activities - presents abundant whole-body, and hand-arm, vibration hazards. The principal aim of this research was to assess perceptions among a sample of UK construction professionals; regarding workplace vibration hazards generally and the CVWR specifically. Design/methodology/approach - A structured questionnaire survey was carried out among a small but carefully targeted sample of professionals drawn from construction. These included health and safety managers, production managers and designers. A total of 88 useable responses were received. Data were analysed principally using the mean index technique. Findings - Generally, a realistic view of hazards was observed; although some significant misperceptions were noted. Self-confessed levels of knowledge regarding the subject were typically "low". This appeared something of a paradox, in that "training workers" was cited as the most commonly used risk control method for both whole-body, and hand-arm vibration risks, respectively. Practical implications - Disparity was observed between what respondents knew about the subject and the purported (extensive) use of training as a risk control method. This indicates that a degree of introspection may be beneficial on the part of employers, regarding their training design and delivery mechanisms. Differences in perceived degrees of vibration risk, exist between health and safety professionals and construction managers; implying that there is a need for improved communication between those responsible for planning vibration management controls, and those charged with implementing them at the workplace. Originality/value - The paper presents research that assess perceptions among a sample of UK construction professionals; regarding workplace vibration hazards generally and the CVWR specifically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-276
Number of pages16
JournalEngineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Construction industry
  • Hazards
  • Health and safety
  • United Kingdom
  • Vibration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Building and Construction
  • General Business,Management and Accounting

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