Construction safety during pandemics: Learning from the xinjia express hotel collapse during covid-19 in china

Yu Jie Huang, Jing Tao, Fu Qiang Yang*, Chao Chen

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Abstract

Many construction accidents occur in China each year, leading to a large number of deaths, injures, and property losses. Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, little attention is paid to construction safety, resulting in severe accidents. To prevent construction accidents and learn to how address safety issues in future pandemics, this study proposed an improved STAMP (Systems Theoretic Accident Modeling and Processes) model to analyze the collapse accident of the Xinjia Express Hotel used for COVID-19 quarantine in China. Through the application of the STAMP approach, the causes of the construction accident and the relationship between various causal factors are analyzed from a systematic perspective. The identified causes are divided into five categories: contractors, management of organizations, technical methods, participants, and interactive feed-back. Finally, safety recommendations are drawn from this study to improve construction safety and safety management in pandemics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number11498
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume18
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Keywords

  • Accident analysis
  • Construction accidents
  • COVID-19
  • Safety management
  • STAMP

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