Human Factor Safety Training in Construction

Safety in the Construction Industry

The following aspects are covered in Human Factor safety course for the construction industry:

  • Personality and Behaviour
  • Communication
  • Conformity and Assertiveness
  • Decision Making
  • Judgment
  • Management of Fatigue and Stress
  • Situational Awareness
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • The Learning Process
  • Complacency and Routines
  • Cultural and Gender Aspects
  • Threat and Error Management
  • Management of resources/ Commodities
  • SOP Compliance

Human Factor Safety Training in Construction

Just as mechanical components have limitations, humans have certain capabilities and limitations that must be considered. For example, nuts and bolts will eventually fail if enough force is applied to them.

The same principles apply, in that human performance is likely to degrade and eventually ‘fail’ under certain conditions such as stress.

Human limitations in mining

Humans can:

  • become fatigued and make mistakes
  • are affected by external or environmental influences
  • can exhibit poor judgment due to lack of skills and knowledge
  • have limited perceptual powers, etc.

Performance is also affected by social and emotional factors. Workers within specific industries may work in a variety of different environments, in all types of weather and climatic conditions, day and night. Physical environments have their own specific factors that may impinge on human performance.

About the Human Factor in Construction Courses

When corporate management or employees at the "front-line" make poor choices or decisions, it may mean a reduced profit or even liquidation. A chain of errors may take years of poor decision making to produce catastrophic eventualities.

Construction crews often do not have the luxury of time, and their decisions must be made swiftly and accurately, and should these decisions be poor, they may result in the various negative outcomes.

The ideal is to develop an inherent culture of adherence to safety SOP’s, where staff activity is executed with an awareness of the perils or dangers in the workplace. This allows various elements within the job such as production, safety, maintenance, management and interpersonal relations to be managed cohesively to achieve optimum results.

  1. Classroom based instruction – Human Factor Construction Initial / 2-day course
  2. Online human factor course for the construction industry. The pace of the online course is at the discretion of the student.
  • Classroom based instruction for Human Factor in Construction is a 2-day course with a standard daily rate of R18,000 excl VAT per class. Min 12 delegates / Maximum 25 delegates. A sliding scale is applicable dependent on number of delegates.
  • Training on-site is preferred as we understand the logistics involved in releasing operational staff for extended periods of time. We work with management in scheduling our training around the operational requirements of the customer.
  • For a quotation on Human Factor Training for your organization, please contact us and we will happily assist you in putting together the best offer for your requirements.
  • The on-line Human Factor Construction course cost is per student / per annum, and priced at R1,680 incl VAT.
  • Information and access to the on-line courses are available on the training website at: