There are an estimated 22,000 deaths and 7.4 million injuries per year related to construction projects in India, costing the country an estimated $15 billion (USD). A new textbook on construction safety management, co-authored by a University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa College of Engineering professor, is designed to help both construction safety professionals and students learning construction safety management in India, with pertinent concepts for the construction industry around the world.
The textbook by Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Amarjit Singh explores the following topics:
- Measuring and reporting accidents, as well as their investigation and causes
- Identifying hazards, evaluating risks, implementing effective safety policies and creating appropriate budgets
- Safety acts and regulations, and the responsibilities of stakeholders in ensuring zero accidents
“We all have a moral duty to each other not to allow any other to get hurt,” Singh said. “This often requires awareness, a training protocol, active supervision, continuous job site assessments, a motivation and incentive program, and appropriate contracts and company policies in place. The common person or student often doesn’t realize the hard work necessary to create a safe jobsite. So, this textbook is designed to make students and practitioners aware of the genuine needs of construction workplaces.”
The textbook was published by Pearson (India) and is available for purchase on Amazon.