The effects of framing on the development of the design engineer: framing health and safety in design

Susan Morrow*, Iain Cameron, Billy Hare

*Corresponding author for this work

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Research evidence show that designers can play an important part in reducing risks to those involved in construction site activities. This research study aims to consider health and safety through design by focusing on the issues as perceived by the designers. The findings in this study provide a link between how designers form their view, understanding and interpretation (i.e. their framing) of the term health and safety and how this can affect their design behaviour. This new understanding will help interested parties to instigate new ways for inducing positive changes in design behaviour that will result in marked improvements to the health and safety of all who are affected by the activities of the construction industry.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-359
Number of pages22
JournalArchitectural Engineering and Design Management
Issue number5
Early online date16 May 2014
Publication statusPublished - 2015



  • health and safety
  • design process
  • framing
  • grounded theory

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