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ConCA accident causality framework has far-reaching impacts on construction health and safety
ConCA accident causality framework has far-reaching impacts on construction health and safety
ConCA accident causality framework has far-reaching impacts on construction health and safety

A safer construction industry

  • ConCA accident causality framework has far-reaching impacts on construction health and safety

The ConCA framework, developed by Loughborough University, has significantly improved the understanding of what really causes construction accidents. Its approach underlies significant developments undertaken by the HSE, with further applications in other industries.

Much accident research previously concentrated on the immediate circumstances. The Loughborough team analysed accident data more deeply, identifying the indirect underlying influences more remote from the accident location. This resulted in a widely adopted, readily applied framework and corresponding recommendations for preventing accidents.

Impact

  • HSE improvements 

    Significantly contributed to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) programme towards major improvements in construction health and safety over a 10-year period

  • Donaghy inquiry 

    Influenced the direction of the Donaghy Inquiry into fatal accidents and its implementation

  • Olympic safety 

    Underpinned the framework for evaluating the underlying human and organisational factors for the Olympic Delivery Authority’s exemplary health and safety record for London 2012

  • Accident investigation 

    Helped the HSE to develop a new approach to construction-accident investigations

  • Toyota Australia 

    Guided Toyota Australia in an investigation of a construction fatality

  • Avoiding catastrophe 

    Shaped the work of an HSE-industry-trades-union working party on dealing with the risk of catastrophic construction incidents.