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Recent Findings in Risk Management Described by Researchers from University of Seoul

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Fresh data on Risk Management are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating in Seoul, South Korea, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "Construction accidents are caused by an unsafe act (i.e., a person's behavior or activity that deviates from normal accepted safe procedure) and/or an unsafe condition (i.e., a hazard or an unsafe mechanical or physical environment). While there has been dramatic improvement in creating safer construction environments, relatively little is known regarding the elimination of construction workers' unsafe acts."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from the University of Seoul, "To address this deficiency, this paper aims to develop a system dynamics (SD)-based model of construction workers' mental processes that can help analyze the feedback mechanisms and the resultant dynamics regarding the workers' safety attitudes and safe behaviors. The developed model is applied to examine the effectiveness of three safety improvement policies: incentives for safe behaviors, and increased levels of communication and immersion in accidents."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "Application of the model verifies the strong potential of the developed model to provide a better understanding of how to eliminate unsafe acts, and to function as a robust test-bed to assess the effectiveness of safety programs or training sessions before their implementation."

For more information on this research see: A system dynamics approach for modeling construction workers' safety attitudes and behaviors. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;68():95-105. Accident Analysis and Prevention can be contacted at: Pergamon-Elsevier Science Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, England. (Elsevier -; Accident Analysis and Prevention -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting M. Shin, Univ Seoul, Dept. of Architectural Engn, Seoul, South Korea. Additional authors for this research include H.S. Lee, M. Park, M. Moon and S. Han.

Keywords for this news article include: Asia, Seoul, South Korea, Risk Management

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