Relationship Between Safety Measures and Human Error in the Construction Industry: Working at Heights.
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This is an accepted manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics on 25 April 2020 available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10803548.2020.1760559
In recent years, falling from heights (FFH) has been reported as the primary cause of fatalities within the Australian construction industry. While there is substantial literature exploring safety and human error in attempt to decrease the occurrences of accidents through the implementation of organisational and physical hazards related strategies, little attention has been brought towards the impact of psychological distress on the relationship between human error and safety measures. Therefore, this paper is aimed at examining the relationship between safety measures and human error with the objective of identifying the impact of psychological distress among workers working at heights within the construction industry on the relationship. This study found that human error can occur as a result of psychological distress and therefore provides a foundation for future research to explore whether proper implementation of psychological safety measures could decrease the occurrence of human failures and accidents when working at heights.
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