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Construction Safety Engineering Principles

Product Code/ISBN: 9780071482448

This unique book equips architects, engineers, and construction managers with a step-by-step methodology for identifying and controlling hazards before construction starts. The book explains how to look beyond the utility of machinery and equipment to how they will actually be used on a construction site and thereby spot potential hazards in advance.

Safety expert David MacCollum presents examples of the 50 most common construction hazards, showing how they can be eliminated by means of proven design techniques and technologies. He explains how to prevent falls from elevations with safe access systems, get rid of blind zones behind mobile equipment, utilize control systems that cannot be unintentionally activated, avoid crane accidents, and much more.

Packed with detailed illustrations, Construction Safety Engineering Principles enables construction professionals to:

  • Design and plan safer construction sites for residential, commercial, and industrial projects
  • Correct safety problems before construction begins
  • Dramatically reduce costly worker injuries and job delays
  • Increase productivity and create a more cost-effective project
  • Improve Safety Conditions on Any Construction Site!


  • Hazard Definition (Dormant, Armed, or Active)
  • Hazard Prevention through Design Features and Safety Appliances
  • Hazard Categories (Natural, Structural/Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Radiant Energy, Biological, Automated)
  • Safe Design Hierarchy
  • Hazard Identification and Prevention Matrix
  • Crane Hazards
  • Other Equipment Hazards
  • Universal Hazards
  • Access Hazards
  • Types of Construction
  • Operation and Maintenance
  • Planning
  • Including Safety in the Design
  • Including Safety in the Master Construction Plan
  • Economics of Safer Design

Practically every aspect of construction safety planning is included in this book!

Table of Contents:

  • Development of the Five Principles for Safety Design in Construction
  • Principle One: Definition of a Hazard
  • Principle Two: The Standard of Care Chapter
  • Principle Three: Categories of Hazards
  • Principle Four: The Safe Design Hierarchy to Physically Control Hazards
  • Principle Five: Control the Hazard with the Appropriate Design Improvement or Appliance
  • Reliability: A Method to Evaluate Probable Safety Performance
  • Examples of Engineering Control
  • Crane Hazards
  • Two-Blocking
  • Crane Upset from Overload
  • Jib-Boom Stowage on Hydraulic Cranes
  • Latticework Boom Disassembly
  • Crane Operator Protection from Upset to Falling Objects
  • Powerline Contact
  • Other Equipment Hazards
  • Electronic-News-Gathering Van Powerline Contact
  • Conveyors Section
  • Skid-Steer Front-End Loader and Rough-Terrain Telescoping-Boom Forklift Side Upset
  • Trucks
  • Aerial Lifts
  • Unsafe Restraint Systems
  • Equipment Leasing
  • Universal Hazards
  • Killer Hooks
  • Blind Zones
  • Dangerous Nuts, Bolts, Pins, and Other Connectors
  • Unsafe Control Systems
  • Guarding of Moving Parts
  • Noisy Equipment and Machines
  • Examples of Engineering Control
  • Mold
  • Dust
  • Ventilation
  • Pinch Points
  • Compressed Gases
  • Hazardous Secondary Voltages
  • Access Hazards
  • Fall Prevention
  • Fall Protection
  • Falling Objects
  • Ladders
  • Dangerous Access to Equipment Section
  • Traffic Control Section
  • Haul Roads
  • Types of Construction Hazards
  • Wood-Frame Construction
  • Concrete Form Work
  • Masonry Failures
  • Tilt-Up
  • Slabs
  • Steel Erection
  • Trenching
  • Tunneling
  • Diving/Underwater Construction
  • Operation and Maintenance Hazards
  • Fire Prevention
  • Confined Spaces
  • Lighting
  • Toxic Fumes and Gases
  • Wind and Flooding
  • Sanitation
  • Mechanics of Inherently Safer Design
  • Including Safety into Design Planning
  • Architectural Design Planning
  • Equipment Design Planning
  • Including Safety into Construction Planning
  • Construction Safety Planning
  • Economics of Inherently Safer Design