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Title: Understanding the effect of co-worker support on construction safety performance from the perspective of risk theory : an agent-based modeling approach
Authors: Ji, TT 
Wei, HH 
Cheng, JY
Keywords: Agent-based modeling
Construction safety
Construction management
Co-worker support
Issue Date: 2019
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Source: Journal of civil engineering and management, 2019, v. 25, no. 2, p. 132-144 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of civil engineering and management 
Abstract: Co-worker safety support has been given prominence in manufacturing and transportation field for its positive effect on individual workers' safety; however, there is little evidence to show if such supporting role of co-workers is significant in improving project-level safety performance in construction workplace. This study adopts agent-based modeling (ABM) to understand the effectiveness of two distinct co-worker-safety-support actions on the safety performance of a construction project. Based on the risk theory, the ABM model simulates a construction site where worker agents reinforce steel bars with the likelihood of suffering crane-related incidents. The results indicate that both co-worker-support actions can significantly reduce the occurrence of nonfatal incidents but shows little influence in fatal incidents, and in reducing high-severity incidents, the action of warning peers to leave the hazardous area has the same effectiveness as reminding peers to wear Personal Protective Equipment. The present study provides a fresh insight into the safety-related role of coworkers: not only reveals how the local-level effects of co-workers' safety assistance emerge the system-level consequences, but demonstrates the effectiveness of specific peer-support actions on three levels of construction safety performance, and thereby extends our existing body of knowledge on co-worker safety support in the construction field.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/80805
ISSN: 1392-3730
EISSN: 1822-3605
DOI: 10.3846/jcem.2019.7642
Rights: Copyright © 2019 The Author(s). Published by VGTU Press.
This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The following publication Ji, T., Wei, H.-H., & Chen, J. (2019). Understanding the effect of co-worker support on construction safety performance from the perspective of risk theory: an agent-based modeling approach. Journal of Civil Engineering and Management, 25(2), 132-144 is available at https://dx.doi.org/10.3846/jcem.2019.7642
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