Juan Carlos Rubio-Romero

Juan Carlos Rubio-Romero
University of Malaga | UMA · Department of Business Management

PhD. Industrial Engineering, MEng, BSc

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Introduction
Juan Carlos Rubio-Romero currently works at the Department of Business Management, University of Malaga. Juan Carlos does research in Safety Engineering and Fire Safety Engineering. Their current project is 'Analysis and assessment on investigating occupational accidents as preventive technique in Spain'.
Additional affiliations
May 2011 - May 2012
Loughborough University
Position
  • Visiting Academic
February 1998 - September 2015
University of Malaga
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Occupational Health & Safety Management, OH&S at Construction Sites, Accidents causation, Risk Assessment, Fire prevention
February 1998 - present
University of Malaga
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Lecturing Occupational Health & Safety Management, Human Factors and industrial Organization
Education
September 1985 - October 2001
Universidad de Sevilla
Field of study
  • Industrial Engineering

Publications

Publications (243)
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Background: Improving knowledge about the mechanism of accident occurrence in the construction industry provides important information to help design and implement appropriate barriers to stop the spread of unexpected events. Objective: This study characterises the sequence of accidents in the construction industry by linking the most commonly i...
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Background: The scientific literature contextualizes health and safety (H&S) in two major models, the first is based on a holistic perspective with H&S processes in all company departments, and the second approaches health and safety management from a more operational perspective. In this study, we examine the issue of health and safety in winerie...
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Despite continuous efforts to improve safety, worker safety awareness on construction sites is a major concern as it remains one of the most dangerous industries. The large number of factors involved in accidents and the complexity of the relationships between them make management difficult for managers. Therefore, potential hazards cannot be ident...
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The chainsaw is one of the most dangerous pieces of work equipment in the field of occupational health and safety. Analysis of occupational accidents involving chainsaws is scant. The aim of this study is to provide a faithful description of registered occupational accidents related to the chainsaw in the Andalusian region of Spain. In total, 373 a...
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The evolution of the Spanish Occupational Health and Safety Strategy, within the EU Strategic Framework on Health and Safety at Work 2007–2012 and 2013–2020, highlights the strategic interest in increasing the success rate of research, development and innovation (RDI) projects in this area. This study aims to assess RDI on occupational health and s...
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There is a growing impact of digitalization on the management processes in the construction industry. This trend enhances changes in decision-making related to the Occupational Health and Safety. This paper aims to study the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital twin technology integration within the decision-making processes related to...
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Present highly dynamic manufacturing environments call for adaptive and rapidly responding Occupational Safety and Health systems within the new technology-dependent production models. Emergent trends of Servitization and Industry 4.0 tend to become widely recognized and accepted in the industrial branches. The same way, the more sophisticated tend...
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The Information and Communication Technology (ICT) offers new possibilities of improvement of the educational process in higher education. Nowadays, it is very important to motivate students to actively participate in classes and the use of games generates positive emotions such as feeling committed and fulfilled. The objective of this research is...
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Worker safety awareness on construction sites is a major concern due to the hazardous work conditions. Additionally, globalization is increasing the cultural diversity of the workforce and this influences workers' attitudes, beliefs and behaviour. The growing number of migrant workers in this sector has become a distinctive feature of the industry'...
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Available at https://authors.elsevier.com/c/1bnYe3IVV9kYy6 Risk perception is studied in many research disciplines. Although many of the factors that influence the perception of risk in the field of occupational risk prevention are known, there is still no complete understanding of the ways in which professionals in this sector perceive risks. Thi...
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Safety management in the construction sector continues to be of great concern due to the high accident rate. Enormous legislative efforts have been made to minimize this problem. In Europe, the Directive 92/57/EEC, which establishes a mandatory safety and health requirements, defines the Safety and Health Plan. This paper contains a methodology for...
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Sales of electric and hybrid electric vehicles are increasing steadily worldwide, and consequently their presence increases in city areas. At low speeds, the low levels of noise produced by these vehicles could become a new risk factor for road users. However, the magnitude of the risk has not been accurately determined. In addition, its inclusion...
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1) Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of enforcement capabilities on the efficacy of two public interventions to improve occupational safety in olive mills. (2) Method: The difference in efficacy was evaluated by comparing the risks detected in two groups in an initial assessment (with visits in the 2006-2008 period)...
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The improvement of safety management in the construction sector, especially in activities for concrete structures, continues to be necessary. This paper aims at increasing understanding of everyday construction activities for building concrete structures in order to improve resilient safety management. The Functional Resonance Analysis Method (FRAM...
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The COVID-19 pandemic is posing a huge global health threat. To deal with this problem, in addition to research and work in the medical field, the main health measures being taken in the workplace and at home involve the establishment of safety protocols, which include distance measures, hygiene and the use of personal protective equipment, such as...
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Published studies focused on analyse the development of European regulations regarding maintenance and fire protection, their differences, requirements, strategies and implementation, are really scarce. For this reason, the present study aims to develop a comparative analysis of the Regulation on Fire Safety Installations in Spain and Portugal. For...
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The Blockchain technology is becoming gradually one of the most important variables of the transformation in many industries. However, not sufficiently studied from the empirical point of view, the potential foreseen of the distributed ledgers is considerable. The objective of this research has been to trace the initial path of how Blockchain techn...
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Construction is recognized as a dangerous industry. For this reason, in the Literature can be found a large number of studies with the aim of identifying the causes in order to devise mitigation strategies. In recent decades, the emergence of Information and Communication Technologies is providing a new research framework with this objective. This...
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Occupational health and safety legislation is an essential part of the process to manage organisations and companies. However, there are criticisms that the regulation of occupational health and safety could be restricting the impulses of innovation and industrial development. This has led to proposals to repeal regulations to reduce the regulatory...
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Este documento es fruto del trabajo realizado por cuatro grupos multidisciplinares de expertos (propuestas o conclusiones) y de sus coordinadores (marcos conceptuales y redacción final). Expertos y coordinadores fueron seleccionados curricularmente teniendo en cuenta particularmente su resolutividad respecto a las cuatro cuestiones a dirimir, con...
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The literature on Science and Technology Parks (STPs) is growing rapidly and, despite the positive impact of STPs on firms found by many studies, it remains unclear how STPs create value for tenants. In this paper, we study the STP supply side through a case study in a Swedish region. We identify two components of the business support provided by p...
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The objective of this research was to analyze the factors present in occupational accidents occurred at work among Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) workers. Garbage, and rubbish from household waste were considered as MSW. The study was based on a total of 11,935 accidents occurring and reported in the MSW sector during the period 2009-2012 in Andalusia...
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Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are the most common source of occupational health problems in Western countries. In Spain, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) can be reported either as accidents or occupational diseases. When reported as an occupational disease, a full diagnosis is performed, as the compensation system needs the approval of the social...
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This manuscript presents a comparative research about the perception of safety needs in the design and use of formworks. Needs were evaluated compiling opinions from different stakeholders in the construction sector in Spain and United Kingdom. Research methodology involved different phases: definition of the territorial and population context, res...
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The introduction of electric vehicles in urban areas contributes to the reduction of air and noise pollution in these environments. However, the low noise levels produced by these vehicles, previously seen as an advantage, could pose a new risk to the safety of road users. The real magnitude of this issue is, however, controversial. The present stu...
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The main requirement established for the development of European Union product safety directives is to ensure a high level of safety for users. This research aims to analyze whether Europe needs a product safety directive for scaffolding and identify the main factors to be defined in public policies on the use of standardized scaffolding in the abs...
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Poka-yoke systems (from the Japanese “mistake-proofing”) are defined within the construction sector as a group within specific tools available to implement the principles of Lean Construction. These principles are a way of designing construction projects in such a way that waste of materials, time and effort are minimized in order to generate the m...
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The impact of Virtual Reality (VR) on methods and techniques of Occupational Health and Safety is widely considered when high-tech, automatized and human risk-intensive branch involved. VR technologies albeit considered mature, require the expanding from the scientific and merely experimental visualization realm into more multidisciplinary areas es...
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The railway industry is exposed to high levels of risk, work under pressure and a large margin to the unpredictable when remodelling works are carried out. The aim of this study is to analyse and evaluate the railway activity, specifically those that uses catenary technology, from an ergonomic point of view during the excavation, concreting and pol...
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The objective of this paper is to review the main studies published on occupational accidents to recognize, classify and describe the scientific methodologies used. To achieve the objective set we used a method that has already been implemented and validated, consisting of an extensive review of international scientific literature related to the me...
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Investigación, desarrollo tecnológico e innovación son uno de los pilares del crecimiento económico. Aunque las estrategias de seguridad y salud laboral inciden en la necesidad de impulsar la investigación en esta materia, existen pocas líneas de financiación específicas. Para fomentar el impulso es fundamental conocer la realidad de lo que se hace...
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The authors propose a fuzzy multi-dimensional data model and on line analytical processing (OLAP) operations to manage construction data and support the decision-making process based on previous experience. Their framework enables the integration of data in a common repository and provides flexible structures for representing data in the main tasks...
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Resilience Engineering is a paradigm that attempts to focus on learning from what works well rather than from failures. There have been few studies focusing on the quantitative evaluation of Resilience Engineering and none have been conducted for the Municipal Solid Waste sector. Composite indicators are a useful analytical tool for making decision...
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Background: Municipal solid waste treatment plants are industrial facilities with important occupational health and safety issues. Hence, a risk assessment system would be very useful to help workers to cope successfully with complexity when they are under pressure situations, such as loss of control or failures of the system safety. In recent yea...
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The importance of timely, accurate and effective use of available information is essential to the proper management of emergency situations. In recent years, emerging technologies have provided new approaches towards the distribution and acquisition of crowdsourced information to facilitate situational awareness and management during emergencies. I...
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This paper introduces a novel approach to measure and evaluate the proper use of harnesses at construction sites: we deploy Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons for delimiting areas where the use of a harness is mandatory and to detect whether the harness is attached to the corresponding lifeline when the worker enter these areas. Our method is based...
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Construction work sites are characterized by their dynamic and complex nature, making that work safety awareness a major concern during the project life cycle. In this regard, the analysis of historical data might be useful to identify the most frequent relationship between the variables of accidents in order to help safety practitioners in the tas...
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Risk assessment is essential to making informed decisions on occupational risk prevention. The health and safety conditions of workers can be improved by issuing voluntary certifications, such as ISO 45001. This is particularly important in sectors such as wineries. In 2017 these numbered 4093, representing 14% of the food and drink industry in Spa...
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In occupational health and safety, noise is one of the biggest worldwide risk factors and it is a particularly big problem in industry. Olive oil mills play an important role in Spanish industry since they account for 45% of the world's olive oil production. Although noise is a serious occupational hazard in this industrial sector, scientific liter...
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Social networks are increasingly used every time, becoming a means to share and search any kind of information. This also occurs in the context of emergency situations, where users take advantage of this medium for different objectives. This article aims to explore the perception of users regarding the use of social networks during emergency situat...
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Despite measurement difficulties, several studies have recognized the importance of corporate social responsibility (CSR) as a tool to promote sustainability. The aim of this paper is to design a model to measure the implementation of CSR practices in hotels in two well‐known tourist regions, namely the Algarve in Portugal and the Costa del Sol in...
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BACKGROUND: A public accident investigation is carried out when the consequences of the incident are significant or the accident has occurred in unusual circumstances. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the quality of the official accident investigations being conducted by Safety Specialists of the Labour Authorities in Andalusia. METHODS: To achieve this obj...
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De la realización de este estudio se extraen las siguientes conclusiones: • La evolución del nivel de ruido en los puestos de trabajo de maestro molinero y peón de patio en las almazaras ha sido negativa. En el caso de los maestros molineros, que se exponían a un LAeq,d medio de 90,1 dBA en la campaña 2003/2004, éste aumentó hasta los 94,24 dBA en...
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The rise of the world’s population is causing a never-ending increase in Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generation. This, along with the commitment to necessary protection for the environment, requires companies managing MSW to make effective decisions to maximise satisfaction among their stakeholders. This research aimed to identify the main stakehol...
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Background: Accidents in the construction sector are a cause for concern. The influence of many different factors in construction accidents have been studied (age, company size, length of service, deviation, drugs or alcohol consumption, etc.) but the influence of medicinal substances in specific construction activities has not been evaluated unti...
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Cuba has developed innovative medical technologies for sale within the country and in other geographical areas. Why Cuban medical technologies have not reached the markets of developed countries? What factors might be slowing down their introduction? From this point will examine the barriers to commercialization in the foreign market of Cuban healt...
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Electrical accidents at work are characterised by the severity of the damage caused. Since the circumstances surrounding this type of accidents can have an impact on their outcome, this study identifies significant relationships between personal factors and the consequences of these accidents for various sectors of activity. This study is based on...
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Those responsible for developing sustainable solid waste management programmes must consider the impacts of programme elements on everyone involved. This paper focuses on identifying the effects of waste management activities and assessing their overall impact on stakeholders. Collaborating with four focus groups and 36 experts, 19 effects were ide...
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Background: The hotel industry is an important driver of the European labour market with over 250,000 hotels employing some 2 million people. In Spain, 240 workers were injured by fires in hotels from 2004 to 2008. Fire is considered to be the most important risk in the hotel industry, but the lack of an EU-wide data recording system for hotels ma...
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Resumen Risk assessment is an essential tool to support risk decisions. However, this process may not always be applied effectively, and this can limit the quality of the preventative action. This is particularly critical in sectors that have a lot of micro and small companies, such as Olive Oil Mills (OOMs). To better understand how to improve th...
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High injury rate enterprises have been the objective of man public assessment programs in the last 15 years in Spain. Most of evaluation only gathers information of the evolution of accidents and injury rates. In this study a program oriented to advise high injury rate enterprises in the design and implementation of Accident Reduction Programs (Pla...
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Evaluation of safety programs is an important issue in public policies on Occupational Health and Safety. The main objective of this research is to estimate the effect of the program developed in 2010 in the small and medium enterprises of manufacturing sector of Andalusia assessed by safety advisors with enforcement capacity (called “Técnicos Habi...
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The investigation of accidents is an occupational safety analytical tool aimed at discovering the causes of an accident. Conducting these investigations properly is essential to obtain useful information that helps avoid these accidents in the future. To understand the basic facts and causal factors of the accident is ideal the use of the Eurost...
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Occupational accidents caused by electrical contact are a major concern worldwide due to their severe consequences. The study conducted is based on an analysis of the evolution of incidence rates and dependence between variables for 14,022 electrical accidents occurring in Spain between 2003 and 2012. The results show that electrical accidents as a...
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Electrical accidents at work are characterised by the severity of the damage caused. For that, this study identifies significant relationships between the type of electrical contact and the conse quences of these kind of accidents. The research is based on an analysis of dependence relationships in 25 categories classified into 4 variables associat...
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Background: To analyze the effects of the factors associated with different types of injury (superficial wounds, dislocations and sprains, bone fractures, concussion and internal injuries, burns scalding and freezing) caused by occupational accidents in automotive repair workshops. Methods: Study of a sample consisting of 89,954 industry acciden...
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Occupational accidents caused by electrical contact are a major concern worldwide due to their severe consequences. The study conducted is based on an analysis of the evolution of incidence rates and dependence between variables for 14,022 electrical accidents occurring in Spain between 2003 and 2012. The results show that electrical accidents as a...
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This study examines the associations between worker characteristics and accident causation. It is based on the causes identified in the accidents investigated in the manufacturing sector of Andalusia (Spain) from 2004 to 2011 by the Labour Authority. The method used to assess the association between the categorical variables related to worker chara...
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Occupational accidents that occur at universities result in minor injuries, but different authors acknowledge that the consequences go beyond direct economic costs. This situation calls for continued efforts to reduce these kinds of accidents as much as possible. To that effect, this study analyses the evolution and characteristics of 931 accidents...
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Occupational accidents that occur at universities result in minor injuries, but different authors acknowledge that the consequences go beyond direct economic costs. This situation calls for continued efforts to reduce these kinds of accidents as much as possible. To that effect, this study analyses the evolution and characteristics of 931 accidents...
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The aim of this paper is to discuss findings from an analysis of accidents in concrete construction companies in Spain and to compare the accident rates of qualified and non-qualified workers. A total of 125,021 accidents between 2003 and 2008 involving both blue-collar and white-collar workers were analysed, comparing the variables of occupation,...
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The construction industry has a high accident rate worldwide. Because of these negative figures, there are numerous studies by prestigious authors about how to measure the levels of safety and health in construction through indicators. These indicators can be classified based on the following categories: a) Accidents recorded b) Risk assessment, c)...
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Maintenance operations cover a great number of occupations. Most small and medium-sized enterprises lack the appropriate information to conduct risk assessments of maintenance operations. The objective of this research is to provide a method based on the concepts of task and accident mechanisms for an initial risk assessment by taking into consider...
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In this research, vehicle maintenance activities and their safety risks were statistically analyzed. This study focused on three types of vehicle: hybrid, battery electric, and hydrogen fuel cell cars. The repair activities and the risks for each power train technology were identified by a panel of experts. Depending on its frequency and severity,...
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Analysis of accident reports has been a useful tool in occupational safety research. Important variables related to main circumstances of accidents are being gathered in Europe according to European Statistics on Accidents at Work framework (ESAW). This paper present a method for the identification of possible public safety programs based on the ap...
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In the last years in Spain, public safety promotion programs in enterprises with high injury rates have been developed. Most of evaluations of those programs show a reduction in the injury rates in the enterprises participating. A program oriented to improve safety management in high injury rate enterprises denominated PAEMSA is analyzed. An strong...
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The objective of this study is to evaluate the impact of a subsidy policy for construction companies in Andalusia (Spain), which enables them to acquire new scaffolds. The rate of falls from scaffolds within the Andalusian construction sector in the period 2009-2011 was analysed. A randomised controlled trial was not possible as the subsidy was gra...