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An investigation into health and safety risks associated with deconstruction

Bloomfield, Benjamin, Hosseini, M. Reza, Rameezdeen, Raufdeen and Chileshe, Nicholas 2015, An investigation into health and safety risks associated with deconstruction, in RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual RICS International Research Conference, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), London, Eng., pp. 1-8.

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Title An investigation into health and safety risks associated with deconstruction
Author(s) Bloomfield, Benjamin
Hosseini, M. Reza
Rameezdeen, Raufdeen
Chileshe, Nicholas
Conference name Annual RICS International Research Conference (2015 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 8-10 Jul. 2015
Title of proceedings RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015: Proceedings of the 2015 Annual RICS International Research Conference
Publication date 2015
Start page 1
End page 8
Total pages 8
Publisher Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Place of publication London, Eng.
Keyword(s) deconstruction, buildings, health, safety, construction projects, South Australia.
deconstruction
buildings
health
safety
construction projects
South Australia
Summary As a response to calls for making construction activities environmentally conscious, alternatives to mechanical demolition such as deconstruction, recycling and reuse for re-entering building materials and components back in to the supply chain have emerged. However, deconstruction has remained unexploited within the construction industry due to the adverse effects of barriers and challenges that make demolishing contractors shy away from implementing deconstruction in projects. On assessment of the barriers/challenges facing deconstruction it was revealed that deconstruction, like all construction activities, is fraught with various health and safety hazards. This study attempts to identify the role of health and safety risks in impeding the widespread implementation of deconstruction practices in construction projects. Afterwards, major health and safety risks associated with deconstruction activities are identified. Findings of the present study are based on the results acquired through conducting unstructured interviews with 6 demolition contractors in South Australia. The study contributes to the body of knowledge by further establishing the deconstruction field and providing a basis for future investigations into barriers of deconstruction. Further, presented discussions would provide professional implications by offering guidelines for managing deconstruction projects in a safer and more efficient environment.
ISBN 9781783210718
Language eng
Field of Research 120299 Building not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, RICS
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30082561

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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