November December 2021 Building Products Magazine

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MORE THAN A THIRD OF INJURIES OCCUR DURING REWORK A large proportion of safety issues are ultimately down to human error. Of course, it’s normal for people to make mistakes. But what’s important, is that the organisations they work for create safe working environments and have processes in place to learn from incidents. Understanding the root causes of accidents will prevent further problems from happening again.


C International Managing Director Mark Worrall highlights how rework can lead to serious injuries on site.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always happen and rework can lead to serious injuries, as John Morrison, Peter E.D Love and Pauline Teo discovered1. Analysis of quality and safety data from over 500 construction projects found there’s 70% greater probability of being injured while attending to rework.

For years in construction, attitudes to rework have been almost exclusively focused on the cost – the overriding concern for many simply being “how much will these changes set me back, and how long will they delay the project for?” But it’s not just the financial impact, reduced productivity and wasted time also needs to be considered when taking the negative impacts of rework into account. Rework actually puts construction workers in danger. In fact, 39% of all injuries on construction projects happen because of it.1 Quality and safety Quality and safety are intertwined. The quality of a product or service depends on a number of factors, including: the manufacturing capabilities of the supply chain, the standard of the work, the capabilities of the on-site processes, and the preparation for the build. But regardless of the cause, if the quality of a product or service isn’t up to scratch, then the risks of injury while on site will increase. 40 • November/December 2021

Why rework? Rework is required when an activity may need to be done again to correct a mistake. Whether that’s manufacturing a product on, near or offsite - plus it can happen when the actual installation or building is taking place. The main causes of rework relate to issues with the execution of things like process control, procedural compliance, subcontractor management, design, and material availability and suitability. When it comes to the type of incidents caused by rework; the numbers for high-risk accidents, slips, trips and falls are all consistent with one another and appear to be the most common.

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