A Bibliometric Analysis of Digital Technologies Use in Construction Health and Safety


Purpose: Construction is a risky industry. Therefore, organizations are seeking ways towards improving their safety performance. Among these, the integration of technology into health and safety leads to enhanced safety performance. Considering the benefits observed in using technology in safety, this study aims to explore digital technologies’ use and potential benefits in construction health and safety. Design/Methodology/Approach: An extensive bibliometrics analysis was conducted to reveal which technologies are at the forefront of others and how these technologies are used in safety operations. The study used two different databases, Web of Science and Scopus, to scan the literature in a systemic way. Findings: The systemic analysis of several studies showed that the digital technologies use in construction are still a niche theme and need more assessment. The study provided that sensors and wireless technology are of utmost importance in terms of construction safety. Moreover, the study revealed that artificial intelligence, machine learning, building information modeling, sensors, and wireless technologies are trending technologies compared to unmanned aerial vehicles, serious games, and the internet of things. On the other hand, the study provided that the technologies are even more effective with integrated use like in the case of building information modeling and sensors or unmanned aerial vehicles. It was observed the use of these technologies varies with respect to studies conducted in different countries. The study further revealed that the studies conducted on this topic are mostly published in some selected journals and international collaboration efforts in terms of researching the topic have been observed. Originality/Value: This study provides an extensive analysis of Web of Science and Scopus databases and an in-depth review of the use of digital technologies in construction safety. The review consists of the most recent studies showing the benefits of using such technologies and showing the usage on a systemic level from which both scientists and practitioners can benefit to devise new strategies in technology usage.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-08-2022-0798
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Civil Engineering
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Bibliometrics analysis,Construction safety,Digital technologies,Civil and Structural Engineering,Architecture ,Building and Construction,Business, Management and Accounting(all)
Publication ISSN: 0969-9988
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 08:28
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2023 18:09
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PURE Output Type: Review article
Published Date: 2023-03-20
Published Online Date: 2023-03-20
Accepted Date: 2023-02-05
Authors: Dobrucali, Esra
Sadikoglu, Emel
Demirkesen, Sevilay
Zhang, Chengyi
Tezel, Algan (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-3903-6126)
Kiral, Isik Ates


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