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Construction site evacuation safety

Strategies for tall construction sites


This research study reviews the performance and behaviour of construction workers during emergency large-scale evacuations in high-rise building constructions.

This project quantifies for the first time the response behaviour of construction workers, including:

  • evacuation response times
  • worker walking speeds on different types of surfaces
  • worker ascent and descent speeds.

It also suggests improvements to construction site evacuation processes for businesses and occupational safety and health (OSH) practitioners.

The scale and complexities of these projects and the number of workers exposed to these demanding construction environments makes evacuation and evacuation trials a challenging process.

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Last updated: 04 January 2024