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ISSN 1759-3433
CCP: 108
Edited by: J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis and B.H.V. Topping
Paper 242

Risk Assessment of Fall Prevention Based on an Accident Database in Japan

K. Ohdo1, T. Hojo2 and M. Hirokane3

1Construction Safety Research Group, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Kiyose, Japan
2Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University, Takatsuki, Japan
3Department of Building Technologists, Institute of Technologists, Gyoda, Japan

Full Bibliographic Reference for this paper
K. Ohdo, T. Hojo, M. Hirokane, "Risk Assessment of Fall Prevention Based on an Accident Database in Japan", in J. Kruis, Y. Tsompanakis, B.H.V. Topping, (Editors), "Proceedings of the Fifteenth International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing", Civil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK, Paper 242, 2015. doi:10.4203/ccp.108.242
Keywords: fall, risk assessment, construction, scaffolds, advanced guardrail, labour accident, database.

Falling accidents are a serious problem in the construction industry in Japan. Therefore, MHLW (the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, Japan) has introduced and strictly enforces countermeasures to reduce falls from scaffolds with various safety guidelines, e.g., the "Guideline for Advanced Guardrail Installation Method" for work requiring scaffold erection. However, the rate of fatal accidental falls is still high in the construction industry. Therefore, in this study, the use of an injury accident database was investigated. From the results, the measure for a decrease in fall risk from scaffolds was examined, based on the risk assessment. A questionnaire survey was also carried out to confirm the present condition of the fall prevention and protection in actual construction sites, and the results were compared with the risk assessment example.

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