• Muralitharan T Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sathyabama University, Chennai, 600117, Tamilnadu, India.
  • Elangovan T Department of HSE, Saipem Eni, Abudhabi, UAE


Construction industry is statistically one of the most hazardous industries in the world. Approximately 30% of fatal accidents occur in the construction industries. Besides causing human tragedy, construction accidents also delay project progress, increases costs and the reputation of the construction industry. The accident factors may occur due to employees, equipments, materials, techniques and circumstances are underlying causes of poor safety management. Material handling has been one of the important activities in the infrastructure industries. Heavy materials are moved from one place to other with the help of cranes, hoists, etc., Unsafe operating procedures, negligence of maintenance, human errors contribute for many accidents while handling the materials.

 A detailed study is made in a construction company by applying the methodology such as inspection, interview with workers and safety managers, investigation of accidents, job safety analysis focusing on the failures in material handling. This study concludes that by implementing few new techniques and suggestions for safe working procedures can very much minimize the accidents in material handling.


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How to Cite

Muralitharan T and Elangovan T, “SAFETY ANALYSIS IN MATERIAL HANDLING OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY”, JME, vol. 9, no. 4, pp. 259–264, Dec. 2014.