Design, Development, and Deployment of a Rapid Universal Safety and Health System for Construction Academic Article uri icon


  • Rapid construction projects and processes will become increasingly important as customers demand better project management performance and globally, as countries plan for and respond to the aftermath of natural and/or unnatural disasters. For use in expedited projects (as well as traditional projects), a rapid universal safety and health system (RUSH) was designed, developed, deployed, and evaluated. For its inaugural application, the RUSH was applied to a 106-hour construction project. Results from an initial application included a safe build in approximately 5 days without recordable incidents. More importantly, lessons were learned by a multidisciplinary team of researchers who observed safety 245 for the life of the project. Lessons learned and recommendations for future research are provided as a result of this experience. © 2008 ASCE.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kleiner, B. M., Smith-Jackson, T. L., Mills, T. H., O’Brien, M., & Haro, E.

citation count

  • 10

publication date

  • April 2008