ITcon Vol. 16, pg. 335-356, http://www.itcon.org/2011/21

A GIS analytical approach for exploring construction health and safety information

published:February 2011
editor(s):Turk Z.
authors:David Manase, PhD
School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email: David_Manase@yahoo.co.uk

David Heesom, PhD
School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email: D.Heesom@wlv.ac.uk

David Oloke, PhD
School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email:D.A.Oloke@wlv.ac.uk

David Proverbs, Professor
School of Engineering and the Built Environment, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email:D.Proverbs@wlv.ac.uk

Christopher Young, PhD
School of Applied Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email: C.H.Young@wlv.ac.uk

David Luckhurst
School of Applied Sciences, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK
Email:DAL@wlv.ac.uk
summary:The successful implementation of an optimal health and safety management process in the UK construction industry has been impeded by the inadequate utilisation of information present in the construction environment. Consequently, this inability to adequately utilise construction environment information has contributed to the construction industry becoming one of the most dangerous industries to work in. This paper explores an approach that addresses the utilisation of construction environment information that can enable the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to utilise analysed information for various construction accident mitigation procedures. The approach is based on the utilisation of various analytical capabilities in Geographical Information System (GIS). The analytical capabilities are used to demonstrate the operation and benefits of the GIS-based approach system presented in this paper. The research illustrated that the use of the GIS-based approach for analysis of construction environment information could have major benefits for the HSE. Some of the benefits include bringing together fragmented construction environment information, ease of communication, ease of storage, ease of analysis of varied information. These benefits can inevitably in a positive way enhance accident prevention procedures.
keywords:GIS, Information Utilisation, Information Analysis, HSE, Accident Prevention
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citation:Manase D, Heesom D, Oloke D, Proverbs D, Young C, Luckhurst D (2011). A GIS analytical approach for exploring construction health and safety information, ITcon Vol. 16, pg. 335-356, http://www.itcon.org/2011/21