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Optimising the safety of road transport workers on IBS building construction projects: a review

Zul-Atfi Ismail (School of Environmental Engineering, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, Arau, Malaysia)

Social Responsibility Journal

ISSN: 1747-1117

Article publication date: 7 June 2019

Issue publication date: 27 September 2019




The purpose of this study is to develop a new information and communication technology (ICT)-based approach for optimising safety transportation according to the needs of the current industrialised building system (IBS) building construction schemes. The improper handling and information management of road transport workers appears to be a major problem in the safety of the IBS building construction industry. Transportation activity is particularly problematic for IBS building construction projects in which traffic incident and safety management level are not in good condition to match with construction specification.


A new ICT-based approach is suggested for optimising safety transportation in accordance with the needs of the current IBS building construction schemes. As a precursor to this work, the concept of road transport workers practices is reviewed and the main features of ICT tools and techniques currently being used on such projects are presented.


The sophisticated road transport workers system solutions is described as an essential component of this optimisation to promote long-term safety and quality improvements of IBS building construction projects.


Finally, the potential for a research framework for developing such a system in the future is presented.



Ismail, Z.-A. (2019), "Optimising the safety of road transport workers on IBS building construction projects: a review", Social Responsibility Journal, Vol. 15 No. 6, pp. 837-851.



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