Prevention through Design (PtD) for Hazards in Construction
Popov, Georgi, PhD, QEP
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• As indicated in the Prevention through Design Hierarchy of Controls model, the most effective means of preventing and controlling occupational injuries, illnesses, and fatalities in construction is to avoid, eliminate or minimize hazards and risks early in the planning and design process. • Applying PtD concepts in the construction process in both the system’s physical design and the means and methods of carrying out the construction tasks are vital in eliminating and reducing risk to those performing the construction and the end users. • Despite the recent attention given to PtD in construction, there remain many promising control technologies that have not been transferred from research into practice. A significant hurdle to the adoption and implementation of PtD is the availability of common methodology and risk assessment tools. The PtD Risk Assessment tool methodology in this paper is one way to address that challenge.