This research project tests the efficacy of using an hourly electrical
worker to conduct electrical safety inspections using an audit tool
running on a handheld computer. The content of the audit is based on OSHA
electrical standards. Results of audits are distributed twice a week to
subcontractors, who then return signed forms indicating whether they
have corrected problems.
The project is being pilot tested on a construction site in Parkersburg and will be finished with its field test by June 2009. Analysis will measure percentage of noted hazards corrected and mean time to correct hazards over time. The working hypothesis for this program is that existing systems and safety cultures on site will improve over time, leading to improved performance in controlling electrical hazards.