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dc.contributor.authorWhyte, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorBrandis, P.
dc.identifier.citationWhyte, A. and Brandis, P. 2011. Concrete construction safety: Investigating (Western) Australian formwork practice, in COBRA 2011, Proceedings of the RICS Construction and Property Conference, Sep 12-13 2011, pp. 897-904. Manchester, UK: CIB.

Preventing accidents from occurring is a primary concern for the Australian construction industry. One area where incidents have occurred, at a more than acceptable rate, is in the use of formwork; recent formwork failures in Australia illustrate these are just as significant as a permanent structure failure. Whilst most formwork failures are found to concern differing inadequacies in practice, the occurrence of formwork failures may be prevented by targeting reform at their root cause; this paper presents the findings of detailed investigations examining the guidance and legislation governing formwork practice in Australia. An analysis of documentation governing Australian formwork practice, alongside industry perceptions provide a rounded and extensive view of the current situation. Findings highlight the limitations of using a legislative-based model of control, and also express the importance of formwork design education and training.

dc.titleConcrete construction safety: Investigating (Western) Australian formwork practice
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.titleCOBRA 2011 - Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference
dcterms.source.seriesCOBRA 2011 - Proceedings of RICS Construction and Property Conference
curtin.departmentDepartment of Civil Engineering
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