Special Issue "Digital Innovations and Smart Technologies for Occupational Health and Safety in Construction"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Health and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Aston University, B4 7ET, Birmingham, UK
Interests: construction management and engineering; construction health and safety; smart construction informatics; construction ergonomics; digital innovations and smart technologies (e.g., building information modelling (BIM), wearable sensing technologies, and robotics); technology transfer in construction; biomechanical analysis
Dr. Yantao Yu
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Guest Editor
Department of Building and Real Estate, Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Interests: computer vision; smart construction technologies; construction robotics; Internet of Things; occupational health and safety
Dr. Waleed Umer
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Guest Editor
Department of Construction Engineering and Management, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Interests: construction health and safety informatics; wearable sensors; IT in construction; construction ergonomics; machine learning

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to draw your attention to a Special Issue of the international, cross-disciplinary, scholarly open access journal Sustainability (IF: 2.576 (2019)), titled “Digital Innovations and Smart Technologies for Occupational Health and Safety in Construction”, for which we are Guest Editors.

Occupational health and safety (OHS) is one of the major concerns in the construction industry because of the increased number of fatal and non-fatal injuries among construction workers. It is widely known that these occupational injuries can lead to substantial disorders, project delays, increased project costs, workers' absenteeism, medical burden, and permanent disabilities. Given these adverse effects, there is a need to mitigate occupational injuries in construction by monitoring construction hazards and suggesting proactive injury-preventive measures. With the advancement of digital innovations and smart technologies, there is great potential for researchers and industry practitioners to improve occupational health and safety among construction workers.

The goal of this Special Issue is to publish technical, empirical, and review papers that make practical and theoretical contributions to the cutting-edge digital innovations and smart technologies with the latest research findings and practical interventions to enhance OHS in the construction industry.

Given the above, this Special Issue is directed at any aspects of digital innovations and smart technologies for improving OHS in the construction industry. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Applications of building information modelling (BIM) in safety checking and performance

Wearable sensing technologies for construction safety monitoring, activity recognition, etc.

Construction automation and robotics (e.g., exoskeletons)

Computer vision application for construction safety

Construction ergonomic risk assessment and interventions

Artificial intelligence applications for safety hazard identifications and prevention

Virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) applications in construction safety

Integration of different digital innovations and smart construction technologies

Dr. Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari
Dr. Yantao Yu
Dr. Waleed Umer
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • building information modelling
  • wearable sensors
  • computer vision
  • occupational health and safety
  • wearable exoskeletons and robotics
  • safety hazard identification
  • virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR)
  • artificial intelligence
  • digital innovations and advanced technologies
  • Internet of Things
  • machine learning

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Evaluating Occupational Health and Safety Management Strategy Success Factors for Small-Scale Contractors in Zambia
Sustainability 2021, 13(9), 4696; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su13094696 - 22 Apr 2021
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Small-scale contractors (SSCs) require management strategies in implementing occupational health and safety (OH&S) performance at projects to reduce accidents, injuries, fatalities and diseases. Management strategy success factors have been acknowledged to be of great benefit in improving in OH&S performance. Hence, the study [...] Read more.
Small-scale contractors (SSCs) require management strategies in implementing occupational health and safety (OH&S) performance at projects to reduce accidents, injuries, fatalities and diseases. Management strategy success factors have been acknowledged to be of great benefit in improving in OH&S performance. Hence, the study sought to assess the management strategy success factors for the improvement of OH&S performance by SSCs in Zambia’s electricity industry. Using quantitative methods, data was collected using a survey questionnaire from 246 respondents representing firm owners, managers, project managers and OH&S representatives at electricity industry projects at 70.3% response rate. Descriptive and inferential statistics were adopted as methods of data analysis using exploratory factor analysis. After analysis, the success factors were clustered into three construct categories within OH&S performance namely, compliance and workplace processes, policy and human resource development, and leadership and structure significant values ranging from 0.513 to 0.972. The independent reliability was tested using the Cronbach Alpha coefficient. The study exposed management strategy success factors are well recognised by most SSCs and contributed to the body of knowledge in this mastery by introducing three success factors for OH&S performance. It is recommended that these factors be adopted and considered to improve OH&S performance management by SSCs in the electricity industry in Zambia. Full article
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