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Designing Impactful Construction Safety Training Interventions

Department of Engineering and Computer Science, School of Engineering, Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX 76402, USA
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Academic Editors: Adel Badri and Raphael Grzebieta
Safety 2021, 7(2), 42;
Received: 4 March 2021 / Revised: 10 April 2021 / Accepted: 14 May 2021 / Published: 20 May 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health and Safety New Challenges for Industry)
Construction workplaces still report an unacceptable number of safety incidents every year. To tackle these disproportionate incident rates, safety training interventions are adopted widely in construction workplaces. Despite their adoption, poor safety performance continues to be a universal and global problem in the industry. In fact, recent research has called into question the effectiveness of training programs that are commonly adopted in the industry. There is also evidence that suggests that training interventions, in many cases, do not yield tangible benefits and may sometimes simply reduce to wasted resources. Therefore, it is important for industry stakeholders to possess a good understanding of the characteristics of training interventions that translate to superior safety performance. Towards achieving this goal, the present article concisely summarizes specific safety training intervention elements, which when integrated into training programs, can translate into superior safety performance and outcomes. The objectives of the research were achieved by performing a review of the construction safety training literature from diverse sources. The findings demonstrate that training interventions that integrate visual cues to guide hazard recognition, immersive experiences in virtual environments, andragogical training principles, personalization of training experiences, testing and feedback, and other elements can improve training effectiveness and outcomes. The article will serve as a resource for industry professionals that seek to address the weaknesses of existing training interventions. Researchers may also use this as a resource to inform the development of the next generation of safety training interventions. Together, the presented research can be leveraged to reduce the number of undesirable safety incidents experienced in construction workplaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction safety; safety training; safety intervention; occupational safety and health; safety management; hazard training construction safety; safety training; safety intervention; occupational safety and health; safety management; hazard training
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