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

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

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

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