Suggestion of an improved evaluation method of construction companies’ industrial accident prevention activities in south korea

Sung Yong Kang, Seongi Min, Deokhee Won, Young Jong Kang, Seungjun Kim

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Abstract

Workers in the construction industry are constantly exposed to dangers during work that can lead to death or disability. Despite recent advances in construction technology, the presence of these risks for workers has become an unresolved social problem. In particular, most companies often recognize that it is necessary to mitigate against risks posed to worker only after an accident has occurred. Recently, there has been an increasing demand for the development of new safety technologies and policy proposals to ensure the safety of workers during construction or work. However, the right solution is not coping after an accident but preventing it, and this must be ac-companied by voluntary efforts by the company. To work toward such solutions, Korea is imple-menting an evaluation of construction companies’ industrial accident prevention activities without legal regulations or coercion to encourage voluntary accident prevention activities by companies. The purpose of this study is to propose an effective improvement direction for the system imple-mented by the Korea Occupational Safety and Health Agency. First, by analyzing the details of the system and the data of the evaluation results, the system’s effectiveness and rationality are re-viewed, and steps for improvement are determined. Next, an evaluation model is proposed considering the size of the company to be evaluated and the level of safety and health, and its validity is verified through a survey of construction workers. Finally, a plan to induce the voluntary partici-pation of construction companies in this system and the role of the supervisory authority are pre-sented. This study is expected to serve as an important example of an effective safety policy model by encouraging companies’ voluntary efforts to prevent accidents in the construction industry and raise the level of potential safety and health awareness.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8442
JournalInternational journal of environmental research and public health
Volume18
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Aug 2

Keywords

  • Construction safety
  • Occupational safety and health policy
  • Policy and institutional research
  • Pre-disaster prevention
  • Questionnaire

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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