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Investigating the root causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) in UK construction industry

School of Computing, Engineering & the Built Environment

About the Project

Reference number: SCEBE/21SF/018/KL

Aim & Scope

The rate of fatal injuries associated with motor vehicle accidents within the UK construction sector has not changed over the last four years based on HSE statistics. Struck by moving vehicles has been among the top five causes of fatal injuries and this accounts for averagely 10% of the entire annual fatalities in the construction industry. The misunderstanding of the inherent risks associated with working in the construction industry has been linked to inadequate supervision and failures by management to address the unacceptably high rate of accidents. This is due to managements fixation in correcting the immediate causes or symptoms without addressing the root causes.  

Applicants are required to submit a proposal, no more than 2000 words, proposing their suggested objectives.

The successful candidate must ideally be from a construction background, with a built environment Master’s Degree or First Class Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent. A desire to improve construction H&S standards is essential. 

This research sits within the University’s ‘Built Environment & Asset Management (BEAM) Research Centre’: The research group are greatly involved in the CIB Safety Health & Wellbeing in Construction Working Group (W099), more details of this can be found here:

To apply, please use the relevant link below

To apply

· As a full-time student:

· As a part-time student:

Funding Notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts.
See more on fees and funding. View Website


For further information, please contact:
Director of Studies
Name: Kenneth Lawani
GCU Research Online URL: (essential)
2nd Supervisor
Name: Billy Hare
GCU Research Online URL: (essential)
3rd Supervisor
Name: Iain Cameron
GCU Research Online URL: (essential)

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