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A bibliometric analysis of digital technologies use in construction health and safety

Dobrucali, Esra; Sadikoglu, Emel; Demirkesen, Sevilay; Zhang, Chengyi; Tezel, Algan; Kiral, Isik Ates

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Esra Dobrucali

Emel Sadikoglu

Sevilay Demirkesen

Chengyi Zhang

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Associate Professor in Civil Engineering and Management

Isik Ates Kiral


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 (WoS) 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 (BIM), 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 BIM and sensors or unmanned aerial vehicles. It was observed that 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 WoS 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.


Dobrucali, E., Sadikoglu, E., Demirkesen, S., Zhang, C., Tezel, A., & Kiral, I. A. (2023). A bibliometric analysis of digital technologies use in construction health and safety. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management,

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Feb 5, 2023
Online Publication Date Mar 20, 2023
Publication Date Mar 20, 2023
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2023
Publicly Available Date Mar 20, 2023
Journal Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Print ISSN 0969-9988
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Keywords Construction safety, Digital technologies, Bibliometrics analysis
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