Evaluation of the Activities Adopted to Mitigate the Health and Safety Challenges of COVID-19

Nikhitha Adepu, Sharareh Kermanshachi, Sanjgna Karthick, Apurva Pamidimukkala, Karthikeyan Loganathan

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The adverse impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the health and safety of the construction industry has been studied by many researchers, but few have identified strategies for mitigating its effects and correlated them with the size of an organization. This research aims to identify the precautionary practices implemented by small, medium, and large construction companies and determine how much the size of the company influences the frequency with which they are practiced. To achieve this goal, an extensive literature search was performed and was followed by a questionnaire survey. A total of 63 responses to the survey were received and statistically analyzed, revealing that the most common practices were encouraging sick workers to stay at home, initiating health and safety procedures on job sites, providing paid sick leave, and instructing workers to wear personal protective equipment (PPE). The analysis also found that an organization's size significantly influences how frequently the practices are executed. The study results will assist researchers and professionals in understanding how often the identified precaution practices were implemented by small, medium, and large-scale construction companies during the pandemic and will help them develop similar techniques for future health crises.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Planning, Operations, and Transit
EditorsHeng Wei
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780784484883
StatePublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2023Jun 17 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023: Transportation Safety and Emerging Technologies - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2023


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

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