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Reports from Columbia University Advance Knowledge in Risk Management

June 27, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Insurance Weekly News -- Investigators publish new report on Risk Management. According to news originating from New York City, New York, by VerticalNews correspondents, research stated, "It is not unusual to observe that actual schedule and quality performances are different from planned performances (e.g., schedule delay and rework) during a construction project. Such differences often result in production pressure (e.g., being pressed to work faster)."

Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from Columbia University, "Previous studies demonstrated that such production pressure negatively affects safety performance. However, the process by which production pressure influences safety performance, and to what extent, has not been fully investigated. As a result, the impact of production pressure has not been incorporated much into safety management in practice. In an effort to address this issue, this paper examines how production pressure relates to safety performance over time by identifying their feedback processes. A conceptual causal loop diagram is created to identify the relationship between schedule and quality performances (e.g., schedule delays and rework) and the components related to a safety program (e.g., workers' perceptions of safety, safety training, safety supervision, and crew size). A case study is then experimentally undertaken to investigate this relationship with accident occurrence with the use of data collected from a construction site; the case study is used to build a System Dynamics (SD) model. The SD model, then, is validated through inequality statistics analysis. Sensitivity analysis and statistical screening techniques further permit an evaluation of the impact of the managerial components on accident occurrence."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "The results of the case study indicate that schedule delays and rework are the critical factors affecting accident occurrence for the monitored project."

For more information on this research see: Toward an understanding of the impact of production pressure on safety performance in construction operations. Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2014;68():106-116. 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 -

The news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained from S. Han, Columbia University, Dept. of Civil Engn & Engn Mech, New York, NY 10027, United States. Additional authors for this research include F. Saba, S. Lee, Y. Mohamed and F. Pena-Mora.

Keywords for this news article include: New York City, United States, Risk Management, North and Central America

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