Special Issue "Occupational Accidents and Risk Prevention"

A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Occupational Safety and Health".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Antonio López Arquillos
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School of Industrial Engineers, Department of Economics and Business Administration. University of Malaga, Spain
Interests: occupational health and safety management; risk assessment methods; wearables for worker monitoring; construction safety; prevention through design

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A Special Issue on “Occupational Accidents and Risk Prevention” is being organized in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. For detailed information on the journal, I refer you to https://www.mdpi.com/journal/ijerph

Occupational accidents negatively affect not only to the worker injured, but also companies, governments, organizations, and society in general. A better understanding of such accidents (risks, causes, influence factors, personal variables, etc.) will help us to come up with more effective preventive measures and create safer workplaces. 

In order to improve our understanding of the problem, this Special Issue on “Occupational accidents and risk prevention” aims to provide an overview of the most recent research related to occupational accidents. Original research articles are welcomed on but not limited to the following topics:

  • Occupational risk assessment (hazard prevention and management);
  • Accident analysis (causation, characterization of workers, accidents models, official records, etc.);
  • New technology for the prevention of accidents (densors, IoT, big data, machine learning);
  • Economic aspects of accidents (organizations, workers, insurance companies, etc.);
  • Promotion of safety at the workplace (training for safety, procedures, signals, communication).

Dr. Antonio López Arquillos
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2300 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.

Keywords

  • occupational accidents
  • risk assessment
  • prevention
  • wearables
  • workplace
  • safety
  • accident
  • injury
  • causation
  • IoT

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Analysis of the Characteristics of Fatal Accidents in the Construction Industry in China Based on Statistical Data
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(4), 2162; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18042162 - 23 Feb 2021
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Background: Construction activities not only provide the necessary conditions for citizens to live, but also cause fatal accidents. Methods: This study aimed to reveal the characteristics of fatal accidents in the construction industry in China based on statistical data. From 2010 to [...] Read more.
Background: Construction activities not only provide the necessary conditions for citizens to live, but also cause fatal accidents. Methods: This study aimed to reveal the characteristics of fatal accidents in the construction industry in China based on statistical data. From 2010 to 2019, there were 6005 fatal accidents in China’s construction industry causing 7275 deaths. The important features of these fatal accidents, such as the type, time of occurrence, site location, severity, and geographical region of the accident, were carefully analyzed. Results: There were 258 major and severe construction accidents causing 1037 deaths, accounting for 4.3% and 14.25% of the total number of construction accidents and deaths in this period, respectively. As an important finding, more deaths occurred in August and on Mondays. The greatest number of construction accidents took place along openings and edges, accounting for 22.9% of all fatal accidents. Taking into account their economic development level and number of employees, Qinghai and Hainan experienced a higher mortality rate than Jiangsu. Falls from a high place were the dominant type of construction accident, accounting for 51.66% of all accidents. However, collapses were the primary type of major and severe construction accident, accounting for 60.09% of such accidents. The predicted number of construction deaths in 2020 is 887 according to the GM(1,1) model. Corresponding safety measures should be adopted to improve the working environment of the construction industry. Implications: The implications of these results with respect to the characteristics of construction accidents can be regarded as the foundation for accident prevention in practice. Full article
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Exploring Precursors of Construction Accidents in China: A Grounded Theory Approach
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(2), 410; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18020410 - 07 Jan 2021
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The implementation of precursor management can improve safety performance of construction projects through effectively managing the correlations between construction accidents and their precursors. However, a system of comprehensive knowledge about what precursors mean within the context of construction safety is still lacking. This [...] Read more.
The implementation of precursor management can improve safety performance of construction projects through effectively managing the correlations between construction accidents and their precursors. However, a system of comprehensive knowledge about what precursors mean within the context of construction safety is still lacking. This study aims to capture the nature of precursors in the construction industry and explore the process of a precursor event evolving into a construction accident to fill this gap. Based on 135 construction accident reports in China, this study adopts grounded theory to identify different types of accident precursors and explore their interactions with the development of the accident. An indicator system of precursors for construction accidents was developed, which included two major categories of precursors: behavioral factors and physical factors and five minor categories of precursors: individual behavior factors, organizational driving factors, objective physical factors, construction environmental factors, mechanical equipment factors. In addition, a precursor management strategy that includes the three stages of identification, response and effectiveness testing was established. The results of the study reveal the correlations between precursors and construction accidents, which can promote construction professionals’ better understanding about precursors and improve their capabilities of managing precursors in practice. Full article
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