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Title: RR160A-11 - Making Zero Accidents A Reality: Focus on Shutdowns, Turnarounds, and Outages
Publication Date: 5/1/2002
Product Type: Research Report
Status: Reference
Pages: 96
Hinze, Godfrey, Univ. of Florida
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This report describes a study of safety on shutdown, turnaround and outage construction projects, commonly referred to as shutdowns. The objective of this study was to examine the different practices, and policies used by general contractors on shutdown projects and to determine how they affect safety performance.

The number of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recordable injuries per 200,000 worker hours was used as the measure of safety performance. The results identified several variables that were associated with lower injury rates on shutdown construction projects. Practices that are associated with good safety performance included planning (pre-project and pre-task), safety education, worker involvement, evaluation and recognition, subcontractor management, accident/incident investigations, and drug and alcohol testing. Practices contributing to effective safety performance, unique to shutdown projects, included worker familiarity with the project, methods used to buildup the workforce, units of time used in scheduling, workweek schedule and project duration, work crew size and type of contract.

All the statistically significant factors found to effect injury rates are presented. Factors that constituted trends with safety performance are also presented.