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Title: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE SAFETY PERFORMANCE BETWEEN GREEN AND CONVENTIONAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Authors: PHUAH SIONG LENG
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Hwang Bon Gang
2014/2015 PFM
Safety performance
Issue Date: 25-Jun-2015
Citation: PHUAH SIONG LENG (2015-06-25). A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE SAFETY PERFORMANCE BETWEEN GREEN AND CONVENTIONAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Globally, existing building stock accounts for 40% - 45% of the worldwide energy consumption: emitting significant amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) and intensifying our ecological footprints. Sighting the needs to mitigate the detrimental environmental impact of buildings, sustainable building development has gained considerable momentum in the last decade with the numbers of Green Mark certified buildings in Singapore rising from an initial 17 to 1650 during 2005 and 2013. However, little emphasis is placed on safety performances of building construction projects until the implementation of the Workplace Safety and Health Act (WSHA) in 2006. Despite reaping initial success in curbing workplace fatalities, statistics from Workplace Safety and Health (WSH) Report 2013 revealed a sudden surge in the number of workplace fatalities and workplace fatality rate in recent times. This sends out a distressing signal as the industry drifts further away from the WSH 2018 national strategy. With green buildings expected to grow extensively in the subsequent years, the investigation of the underlying factors and safety issues affecting the safety performance of green building construction projects is necessitated. Consequently, this study is undertaken to bridge this gap. Through literature review and survey conducted with 30 BCA certified Green Mark Professionals (GMP) and Green Mark Managers (GMM), 35 critical safety factors classified into 7 categories and 26 critical safety issues on green and conventional building construction projects were identified. Subsequently, the critical factors and critical safety issues were validated and ranked according to the level of significance and according to the likelihood of occurrence and severity on occurrence respectively. Among the top 5 critical factors for both types of projects, 4 common critical factors were discovered: safe operation of equipment; proper and effective two ways communication between supervisor and workers; management commitment towards safety and comprehensive companywide safety policy with full commitment from all stakeholders. Statistical results also highlighted that workplace injuries are more likely to occur in green buildings whilst the severity of workplace injuries on occurrence is similar in both types of projects. Lastly, recommended solutions to enhance safety performance were proposed and subsequently validated by the GMPs and GMMs from the industry. Through these research findings, it has disclosed that more emphasis must be placed on enhancing the workplace safety and health of green building construction whilst pursuing sustainability to achieve Green Mark Certification.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/223926
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