Workshop: Health and Safety Risk Assessments with 4D BIM
In this workshop we will perform Health and Safety Risk Assessments on a 4D BIM model set to a particular phase of construction (featuring machinery and workers).
No BIM experience is required. This workshop is aimed at people in the construction fields as well as architects & engineers.
The diagnostic tool we’ll be using is a collection of triangular Hazard Symbols that show pictorial representations of potential hazards e.g. Excavation, Working from Heights, Live Wires, Mobile Plant.
The primary learning outcome of this session is to promote 4D BIM enabled Health and Safety…not as a chore, or a checkbox to ticked, but rather as a commitment to the safety of your team.
4D-BIM (the addition of time to a 3D model) allows us to perform Health and Safety Risk Assessments with more accuracy.
1. Spot as many hazards as you can in a 4D BIM model set to a phase midway through construction.
2. Diagnose the severity level of discovered hazards and propose a control.
3. Open discussion of dangerous situations and what to do when the hazard is not physically obvious.
The workshop will start with a brief presentation by Joshua on H&S legislation & culture and report on a survey that identifies the increased visualisation, provided by 4D BIM, has the potential to:
• Reduce safety risk
• Improve communication
• Increase collaboration
• And aid in foreseeing hazards
After the short powerpoint presentation we’ll view a fly-though video of a construction site midway through construction. This site will feature various hazards involving workers and machinery in compromising positions…your job is to spot as many hazards as you can.
Then delegates will break up into teams and record their observations on pre-printed still-frames of the video with the stickers provided.
Afterwards we’ll take turns on the big screen to report your team’s findings, and propose what actions can be taken to remove/minimise the hazard. For example, on the risk of ‘Noise from equipment’ the appropriate control could be: “Use hearing protection.”
The workshop will end on an open discussion where delegates will be encouraged to share their experience on sites like the one we’ve just viewed, as well as and discuss a few scenarios where the H&S hazard isn’t physically obvious.
Note: New legislation in Australia and New Zealand means any PCBU (Person Conducting a Business or Undertaking) can be found accountable for not acting on observed hazards.