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Construction Safety and Health (03 - Old Edition)by David L. Goetsch
The field of construction safety and health has undergone significant change over the past two decades. There are many reasons for this. Some of the more prominent ones include the following: technological changes that have introduced new hazards at construction sites; proliferation of health and safety legislation and corresponding regulations; increased pressure from regulatory agencies; realization that productivity is increased in a safe and healthy environment; rising healthcare and workers' compensation costs; a growing interest in ethics and corporate responsibility; increased pressure from labor organizations, workers, and the public in general; and an increasing number of incidents of workplace violence.
All of these factors, when taken together, have made the job of the modern construction professional more challenging and important than ever. These factors have also created the need for an up-to-date book on construction safety and health that contains the latest information needed by people who are responsible for safety and health in one of the most dangerous industries—the construction industry.
WHY WAS THIS BOOK WRITTEN AND FOR WHOM?
This book was written to fulfill the need for an up-to-date practical teaching resource that focuses specifically on the needs of modern construction professionals and on the construction requirements set forth by OSHA and other regulatory agencies. The book is intended for use in universities, colleges, community colleges, technical schools, and corporate training settings where programs, courses, or seminars in construction safety and health are offered. Educators in disciplines such as construction engineering, construction technology, construction management, and the various construction-related trades (e.g., carpentry, HVAC, electricity, plumbing) will find this book both valuable and easy to use. The direct, straightforward presentation of material focuses on making the theories and principles of construction safety and health practical and useful in a real-world setting. Up-to-date research has been integrated throughout in a down-to-earth manner.
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOOK
The text contains 21 chapters, each focusing on a major area of concern for modern construction professionals. The chapters are presented in an order that is compatible with the typical organization of a college-level construction safety and health course. A standard chapter format is used throughout the book. Each chapter begins with a list of major topics covered therein and ends with a comprehensive summary. After the summary, each chapter contains review questions, key terms and concepts, critical thinking or discussion activities, application activities, and endnotes. Within each chapter are two or more Safety Facts & Fines boxes, which are brief real-world cases that show what can happen when safety regulations and safety practices are ignored.
The author occasionally uses fictitious names of both companies and individuals in the Critical Thinking and Discussion Activities that appear at the end of each chapter. Such names are also used occasionally in figures within chapters. These fictitious companies and individuals are used to illustrate principles and concepts explained in the chapters in question. Although the situations described are all based on actual events, the names and the companies and individuals are fictitious. Any similarities to actual companies or individuals is purely coincidental.
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