Construction Safety & Health / Edition 2

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This up-to-date and practical teaching resource makes the theories and principles of construction safety and health useful in a real-world setting, and integrates up-to-the-minute research throughout. Direct and straightforward, CONSTRUCTION SAFETY & HEALTH, 2/e focuses on the specific needs of modern construction professionals and on the requirements set forth by OSHA and other regulators., Each chapter focuses on one key area of concern, and chapters are sequenced to reflect the typical organization of college-level construction safety and health courses. Extensive updates include: LEED accreditation; effects of design on construction safety; new material on ergonomics, human factors, and behavior-based safety; and much more. Every chapter includes review questions, listings of key terms and concepts, and activities promoting critical thinking, discussion, and hands-on application.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780132374699
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 288,005
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

David L. Goetsch is provost of the joint campus of the University of West Florida and Okaloosa-Walton Community College in Fort Walton Beach and professor of safety and quality. In addition, Dr. Goetsch is president of The Management Institute (TMI), a private consulting firm dedicated to the continual improvement of organizational performance, safety, and quality. He teaches construction safety and occupational safety in both the traditional and distance learning formats.

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The field of construction safety and health has undergone significant change over the past two decades. There are many reasons for this. Some of the more prominent ones include the following: technological changes that have introduced new hazards at construction sites; proliferation of health and safety legislation and corresponding regulations; increased pressure from regulatory agencies; realization that productivity is increased in a safe and healthy environment; rising healthcare and workers' compensation costs; a growing interest in ethics and corporate responsibility; increased pressure from labor organizations, workers, and the public in general; and an increasing number of incidents of workplace violence.

All of these factors, when taken together, have made the job of the modern construction professional more challenging and important than ever. These factors have also created the need for an up-to-date book on construction safety and health that contains the latest information needed by people who are responsible for safety and health in one of the most dangerous industries—the construction industry. WHY WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN AND FOR WHOM?

This book was written to fulfill the need for an up-to-date practical teaching resource that focuses specifically on the needs of modern construction professionals and on the construction requirements set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies. The book is intended for use in universities, colleges, community colleges, technical schools, and corporate training settings where programs, courses, or seminars in construction safety and health are offered. Educators in disciplines such as constructionengineering, construction technology, construction management, and the various construction-related trades (e.g., carpentry, HVAC, electricity, plumbing) will find this book both valuable and easy to use. The direct, straightforward presentation of material focuses on making the theories and principles of construction safety and health practical and useful in a real-world setting. Up-to-date research has been integrated throughout in a down-to-earth manner. ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK

The text contains 21 chapters, each focusing on a major area of concern for modern construction professionals. The chapters are presented in an order that is compatible with the typical organization of a college-level construction safety and health course. A standard chapter format is used throughout the book. Each chapter begins with a list of major topics covered therein and ends with a comprehensive summary. After the summary, each chapter contains review questions, key terms and concepts, critical thinking or discussion activities, application activities, and endnotes. Within each chapter are two or more Safety Facts & Fines boxes, which are brief real-world cases that show what can happen when safety regulations and safety practices are ignored. Fictitious Names

The author occasionally uses fictitious names of both companies and individuals in the Critical Thinking and Discussion Activities that appear at the end of each chapter. Such names are also used occasionally in figures within chapters. These fictitious companies and individuals are used to illustrate principles and concepts explained in the chapters in question. Although the situations described are all based on actual events, the names and the companies and individuals are fictitious. Any similarities to actual companies or individuals is purely coincidental.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Safety Movement and the Construction Industry

Part 1. Theories and Concepts

1. Cost of Accidents: Why Safety is Important

2. Role of Construction Personnel in Safety and Health

3. Accident Causation Theories

4. Ethics and Safety

5. Workers’ Compensation

6. OSHA Compliance

Part 2. OSHA’s Construction Standard and Related Safety Practices

7. Subparts A through E and Related Safety Practices

8. Subparts F through J and Related Safety Practices

9. Subparts K through O and Related Safety Practices

10. Subparts P through U and Related Safety Practices

11. Subparts V through Z and Related Safety Practices

Part 3. Application on the Job

12. Construction Safety and Health: Program and Policies

13. J Hazard Analysis and Construction Equipment Safety

14. Accident Investigation, Reporting, and Record Keeping

15. Emergency Response Plan

16. Total Safety Management

Part 4. Other Safety and Health Issues and Practices

17. Preventing Violence in the Workplace

18. Bloodborne Pathogens in the Workplace

19. Stress, Ergonomics, and Behavior-Based Safety

20. Environmental Safety and ISO 14000

21. Promoting Safety



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