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Design for safety (DfS) practice in construction engineering and management research: A review of current trends and future directions

Che Ibrahim, Che Khairil Izam; Manu, Patrick; Belayutham, Sheila; Mahamadu, Abdul Majeed; Antwi-Afari, Maxwell Fordjour

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Authors

Che Khairil Izam Che Ibrahim

Patrick Manu Patrick.Manu@uwe.ac.uk
Professor of Innovative Construction and Project Management

Sheila Belayutham

Abdul Mahamadu Abdul.Mahamadu@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Lecturer - CATE - AAE - UAAE0001

Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari



Abstract

For past decades, design for safety (DfS) has gained growing interest among scholars and practitioners in different geographical contexts as one of the innovative practices integrating worker health and safety in the front-end of the project lifecycle. However, a systematic scientometric study appraising the research development in DfS practice in construction domain remains elusive. This paper aims to bridge this gap by conducting a scientometric review of the available DfS literature in the construction domain. A total of 167 relevant articles were retrieved using a systematic data acquisition approach from Scopus and snowballing and then put forward into a scientometric analysis to construct science maps. The scientometric review identifies the most prolific journals, authorship, cooccurrence network of keywords, article citations, and regions. An in-depth qualitative discussion is presented to provide deeper insights into the existing studies and opportunities for future research in five main DfS research themes as follows: (1) DfS concept and management; (2) DfS technological advancement; (3) DfS capability and competency; (4) DfS education; and (5) DfS sustainability. The value and uniqueness of this review study lie in its novel contribution to the body of DfS knowledge through synthesizing the wider DfS literature landscape in the construction domain. The findings offer a point of reference for both academia and industry in bridging the deficiencies in the current research and providing pathways for future directions in DfS research.

Citation

Che Ibrahim, C. K. I., Manu, P., Belayutham, S., Mahamadu, A. M., & Antwi-Afari, M. F. (2022). Design for safety (DfS) practice in construction engineering and management research: A review of current trends and future directions. Journal of Building Engineering, 52, Article 104352. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2022.104352

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Mar 22, 2022
Publication Date Jul 15, 2022
Deposit Date Sep 25, 2023
Publicly Available Date Sep 26, 2023
Journal Journal of Building Engineering
Electronic ISSN 2352-7102
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 52
Article Number 104352
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jobe.2022.104352
Keywords Construction; Design for safety; Prevention through design; Scientometric review
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/10848982

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