In Construction Hazards – Early Identification and Risk Control, electrical expert witness Gregory W. Miller, P.E., B.S.E.E, writes:
The tragedies associated with construction project losses give us the opportunity to reflect on the incident causes. In many cases we can use our hindsight to view the “coulda’s”, “shoulda’s” and “if-only’s” that might have made the difference early in the project. As a result of these necessary and sometimes profitable incident reviews, a tool has developed that is in use by many construction agencies. That tool we refer to as a “Hazard Identification Program”. It may also be known by other names, but the basic concept is the early identification and control of construction site hazards. The purpose for early identification is to facilitate the elimination or control of the hazard risk prior to construction mobilization.