An automated safety planning approach for residential construction sites in Malaysia
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in particular residential building construction. This paper aims at proposing an Automated Safety-Planning Plug-in (ASPP) for project scheduling software applications, to mitigate the occurrence of construction accidents. To achieve this aim, frequency and severity of the common construction safety hazards in residential buildings were investigated by distributing a questionnaire to safety managers and construction managers in Malaysia. A total of 106 completed responses were received. Then, risk level associated to each hazard was calculated based on the relevant risk matrix. The ASPP extracts current construction activities from any computer based schedule (Microsoft Project® in this paper) and identifies their risks level as well as safety regulations and hazards related to each activity as a report. A case study is used to investigate the reliability and usability of the ASPP. The ASPP was found to be efficient and helpful for rigorously complying with safety regulations and control potential hazards. The practical implication of this study is to improve construction safety by promoting the project managers’ awareness of safety hazards and associated risks as well as essential safety indicators provided through a comprehensive report.