Confined site construction: a qualitative review of issues regarding health and safety on-site

John P. Spillane, Lukumon O. Oyedele, Jason K. Von Meding, Ashwini Konanahalli

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The construction industry is inherently hazardous, with a significant number of accidents and incidents occurring, particularly on confined construction sites. This research identifies, clarifies and tabulates the various managerial health and safety issues encountered on confined construction sites, based on a qualitative approach, to aid in the management of the complex health and safety concerns. The methodology is based on qualitative research incorporating case studies, interviews, causal loop diagrams and mind mapping. The key findings in the managerial issues in the management of health and safety on confined construction sites can be summarised as follows; (1) A lack of space, (2) Increased management of site personnel, (3) Overcrowding of the work place. The implication for the industry is that due to the sustained development of urban centres on a global scale, coupled with the increasing complexity of architectural designs, the majority of on-site project management professionals are faced with the onerous task of completing often intricate designs within a limited spatial environment, under strict health and safety parameters. The value of such research is to aid management professionals successfully identify the various managerial issues highlighted, resulting in the successful management of health and safety on a confined construction site.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings 27th Annual ARCOM Conference
Subtitle of host publication5-7 September 2011, Bristol, UK.
EditorsC. Egbu, E.C.W. Lou
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780955239052
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • health and safety
  • human resource management
  • personnel
  • project management


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