Nottingham Trent University School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment Module: CONM 46270 Construction Health

and Safety M.Sc Construction Management Full time Coursework 1 : 2010 ~ 2011 Structure : Individual Course work Max 2000 words Coursework Brief : Main Task - Prepare a report

‘Investigate the factors why your company has had a poor record in health and safety on construction sites’. The construction industry has poor understanding of how individual attitudes, behaviour or management action are related to safety in the construction industry. Your company Millennium Contractors Ltd. (an SME) has been working in the UK for the last 25 years and has mixed work force in terms of ethnicity and cultural background. The recent track record of the company has not been very good and there have been many accidents which included one fatal accident resulting from fall from height; major/minor injuries and incidents of dangerous occurrences. The company was served with a prohibition notice when one of the workers suffered fatal injuries after falling from mobile elevated working platform, in addition to four improvement notices on following four accounts: 1. Manual handling – issues with occupational H&S 2. Five workers being hit by falling objects 3. Two workers being hit by moving vehicles 4. Two incidents of collapse of temporary structures and scaffoldings As a construction manager responsible for managing health and safety on construction site, you have been asked by the management to identify root causes of the accidents and prepare a report to senior management team. The typical tasks which you need to undertake will involve: Examining incidents and establishing reasons for failure which have lead to accidents; Investigate management practices and associated documentation relating to safety – induction procedures, tool-box talks, training requirements, accident record book, construction health and safety plan, method statements etc; Identify the pieces of legislations under which actions could be taken against you and the company and management could be prosecuted; Establish what factors are significantly associated with safe behaviours or safety compliance, which will improve the safety, health and welfare on site and record of the company; How perception on safety behaviour, attitudes, mangement’s commitment and implementations of new initiatives can influence and improve site related health and safety and occupational health and safety; Identify barriers which you feel the company needs to overcome to aim for zero accident policy on sites. Aim of the coursework The primary goal of this coursework is to investigate the factors that influence safety behaviour and compliance with safety requirements on construction sites. To enable students to use information (available from various sources) and knowledge gained to identify the causes of accidents on construction sites and how individual behaviour and management’s attitude affects safe management practices on construction sites. You are allowed to make assumptions at the beginning of the report. Learning outcomes Learning outcomes describe what you should know and be able to do by the end of the module. After studying this module you should be able to: Demonstrate an understanding of the key facts and concepts that underpin

and ask any questions well in advance.). and work backwards. When you state your opinions. Whatever can go wrong will go wrong at some time. economical. If a word limit is specified. Attach reference list at the end (not a bibliography and works that you do not make reference to). Mark the deadlines for each assignment in the diary. You are expected to read around the subject. . Always keep a backup copy of your work on disk/memory stick. report. including introductions and conclusions. It is useful to include a word count. for example numbering your pages and including margins. NOTES Structure your work. and break the work up into more manageable parts. and all the other little disasters that can occur. You will be penalised for grammatical and spelling mistakes. Planning: Plan your time for all the pending assignments overall. read the assignment and check what format is expected (essay. Proof read your work before submission. Put your correct registration number. Doing the Assignment: Before you start writing. and gives the general criteria for the marking bands. spelling. and make sure that you haven’t left out any part of the brief. which sets out the format and requirements for assignments. both as a reminder to yourself and as an aid to the marker. etc. Please avoid sweeping statements that are difficult to justify. HSE reports. Check at the end that you have covered all of them. back them up with evidence. from reading or practice. Understand the moral. aimed at troubleshooting common areas of concern and guiding students to prepare better coursework and hence able to manage expectations. Give yourself plenty of time to find out the availability of relevant books and where to find relevant material. WEIGHTING This assignment contributes 50% to the overall module assessment. because these are the criteria that your assignment will be marked on. stick to it. The alternative sources of information for example . Read the Course Handbook. If you use an author’s work in the text or give a direct quote.construction Health and Safety. Library & Learning Resources have a vital guide to citation and referencing as an online guide. prepare notes and give critical appraisal of the material. Avoid writing in note form. Make sure you understand the task. or overusing bullet points in reports. Appraise solutions for safe construction system within a project Context. Allow for disk/hardware failure.journal articles. legal and social aspects of health and safety management. Allow time at the end for contingencies: Don’t assume that you have time right up to the last minute. in both directions. queues for printing. Take note of the learning outcomes. These are general tips. Industry reports as well as books. which gives information on the required Harvard system of referencing. Make assumptions to define the scope of the work and manage the expectations. HSE case studies. setting yourself targets for working on and completing different components (including background reading). grammar and punctuation 5% Correct use of referencing styles 5% TIPS FOR COURSE WORK Most students develop their own learning styles. you must also give a reference (otherwise it is plagiarism). transport failure into NTU. name and module details on the cover sheet and header/footer of the assignment. MARKING CRITERIA Selection of the appropriate resources and research techniques 10% Appraisal of the literature 20% Content 40% Structure and style 20% Use of English.

2011.Hand it on time – otherwise this assignment will be capped to 40%.00 PM. . Date for submission: Wednesday 12th January. not later than 2.

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