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Modular Construction Safety Risk Mitigation

9 pagesPublished: May 26, 2024


The construction industry has witnessed a significant increase in the use of modular construction, given its ability to save time and reduce project costs. However, while modular construction is relatively safer than traditional construction methods, workers are still exposed to hazards that lead to injuries and fatalities. Few studies have focused on identifying the safety risks linked to the process of manufacturing, transporting, and installing modular structures. Therefore, the present study describes research on the safety risks associated with modular construction and the development of safety training resources. Specifically, this study focused on: (1) identifying safety risk factors and (2) developing training resources for mitigating these risk factors. The aim of the study was achieved through a detailed review of existing studies, a comprehensive analysis of archival data, interviews with safety professionals, and user assessment of training resources. The findings revealed that 70% of fatalities occur during the manufacturing phase of construction. Additionally critical safety risks identified included incidents such as falling loads, jack slippage incidents, lack of fall arrest systems implementation and equipment failures within construction projects. The study contributes to knowledge and practice by generating insight that could be used to improve the safety of workers in the modular construction industry.

Keyphrases: Hazard Identification, health and safety management, Modular Construction, risk assessment, Safety Training

In: Tom Leathem, Wesley Collins and Anthony J. Perrenoud (editors). Proceedings of 60th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference, vol 5, pages 193--201

BibTeX entry
  author    = {Muhammad Khan and Prosper Gbiengu and Zhenyu Zhang and Chukwuma Nnaji and Mostafa Namian},
  title     = {Modular Construction Safety Risk Mitigation},
  booktitle = {Proceedings of 60th Annual Associated Schools of Construction International Conference},
  editor    = {Tom Leathem and Wes Collins and Anthony Perrenoud},
  series    = {EPiC Series in Built Environment},
  volume    = {5},
  pages     = {193--201},
  year      = {2024},
  publisher = {EasyChair},
  bibsource = {EasyChair,},
  issn      = {2632-881X},
  url       = {},
  doi       = {10.29007/ncf3}}
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