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146. Does ‘SCC’ really improve the working environment?



Title: 146. Does ‘SCC’ really improve the working environment?
Author(s): C.V. Nielsen
Paper category : conference
Book title: 5th International RILEM Symposium on Self-Compacting Concrete
Editor(s): G. De Schutter and V. Boel
Print-ISBN: 978-2-35158-047-9
e-ISBN: 978-2-35158-088-2
Publisher: RILEM Publications SARL
Publication year: 2007
Pages: 967 - 974
Total Pages: 8
Nb references: 4
Language: English


Abstract: The construction industry is struggling to meet the increasing demands from society with respect to sustainability and productivity. At the same time labour forces are decreasing all over Europe with enhanced focus on attracting qualified personnel to the concrete industry in competition with other industries. One of the main innovations for the concrete contractors is self-compacting concrete. SCC is used as a measure to increase productivity on the building site as well as the quality of the concrete. However, improved working environment should also be used as an important reason for introducing SCC. This paper focuses on the effects of SCC on the working environment, presenting new documentation on how the working environment is influenced when concrete works are shifted from traditional slump concrete castings to SCC.
The working environment is quantified in terms of noise and vibrations plus working positions and ergonomics. The paper compares Danish observations with available results in the literature. It is concluded that the main benefits are obtained in the precast industry and in connection with vertical castings.


Online publication: 2009-06-16
Publication type : full_text
Public price (Euros): 0.00