June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
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Extent of Construction Safety in the Engineering Curricula from the Perspective of Practitioners in the MENA RegionThe level of safety implied by the construction industry records is significantly low compared toother industries. The construction industry has the most dismal record of safety among allindustrial segments, with a risk of fatality that is about five times higher than in any otherindustry. The higher rate of accidents and fatalities in the construction industry could be due tothe nature of the work; however, several factors have been identified that could affectconstruction safety. Among these factors is the provision of construction safety education toengineering students. It is also believed that there is a greater ability to influence safety on aproject earlier in the project’s life cycle and such ability diminishes as the schedule moves fromconceptual design toward start-up. Thus, provision of construction safety education toengineering students will have benefits both for the project design and later in the procurementstage.Construction safety education for engineering students may involve two main aspects;construction site safety and design for construction safety (DfCS). Progress has been made inthe developed countries to incorporate both aspects in the engineering curriculum. However, theextent to which engineering students in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regionreceive construction safety education during their undergraduate study is not known. To assessthis extent, a survey was designed and distributed to engineering practitioners in some MENAregion countries. The survey was also utilized to assess the need for comprising constructionsafety education in the engineering curriculum. The study showed that about the majority of thesurveyed practitioner engineers did not receive construction safety knowledge during theiruniversity education. Of those who did, almost half received such knowledge during internship.Meanwhile, about half of those who received some construction safety education ranked thereceived level as being “average”. Initial results showed that the majority of the surveyedpractitioners believe that there is a need for more construction safety education at the universitylevel. The study will also suggest some modifications to enhance the current level ofconstruction safety education in the MENA region such as incorporating some topics of DfCS tobe included in traditional design courses in order to address this crucial issue.
Zaneldin, E. K., & Sweedan, A. M., & Maraqa, M. A. (2014, June), Extent of Construction Safety in the Engineering Curricula from the Perspective of Practitioners in the MENA Region Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20480
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