Hazard awareness of construction site dumper drivers

Jonathan Bohm, Don Harris

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In UK’s construction industry, site dumpers cause more serious accidents than in any other type of construction plant. Previous research has indicated that driver behaviour plays a pivotal role in the vast majority of these accidents. Using a mental models-based approach, 20 dumper drivers were interviewed with regard to the process by which several typical types of accident occurred. It was found that drivers were generally well-informed about the hazards of driving dumpers on a construction site. However, the findings also exposed some critical knowledge gaps, which could increase a driver’s chances of an accident. Educational material relating to these knowledge deficiencies could easily be prepared and incorporated into revised construction information leaflets or driver training courses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-373
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics: JOSE
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Construction site dumper accidents
  • Hazard awareness
  • Mental models
  • Risk perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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