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A System Dynamics View of Safety Management in Small Construction Companies
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 Title & Authors
A System Dynamics View of Safety Management in Small Construction Companies
Guo, Brian H.W.; Yiu, Tak Wing; Gonzalez, Vicente A.;
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 Abstract
Due to unique characteristics of small construction companies, safety management is comprised of complex problems. This paper aims to better understand the complexity and dynamics of safety management in small construction companies. A system dynamics (SD) model was built in order to capture the causal interdependencies between factors at different system levels (regulation, organization, technical and individual) and their effects on safety outcomes. Various tests were conducted to build confidence in the model`s usefulness to understand safety problems facing small companies from a system dynamics view. A number of policies were analyzed by changing the value of parameters. The value of a system dynamics approach to safety management in small construction companies is its ability to address joint effects of multiple safety risk factors on safety performance with a systems thinking perspective. By taking into account feedback loops and non-linear relationships, such a system dynamics model provides insights into the complex causes of relatively poor safety performance of small construction companies and improvement strategies.
 Keywords
Construction safety;Small businesses;System dynamics;Modeling;
 Language
English
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