17 June 2013

RMIT research centre represented at the World Building Congress

RMIT’s Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research has participated in an international building conference which showcases building and construction research.

Several members of the Centre attended the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction World Congress in Brisbane. Centre members spoke at sessions of the CIB W099 Working Commission on construction health and safety.

Professor Helen Lingard gave a presentation on the RMIT safety index, which comprises leading and lagging measures of Work Health Safety (WHS) performance. The safety index provides a detailed analysis of safety performance for client, principal contractor and subcontractor levels.

The collection of performance data over the life of a project enables the early detection of safety issues – before accidents occur. The index can also support benchmarking within and between construction organisations.

Dr Rita Zhang described a current research project that explores construction industry participants’ perceptions of WHS risk.

This research uses an interactive photograph sorting exercise to analyse perceptions of WHS risk associated with commonly used building systems, for example façade systems and roofing systems.

Centre members also participated in a workshop focused on the development of a “Research Roadmap” for Construction WHS. Read the draft Roadmap.

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Rita Zhang presenting at the CIB Conference in Brisbane


Helen Lingard presenting at CIB