Risk compensation in construction workers' activities

Feng, Yingbin, Zhao, Dong, Wu, Peng, & Xia, Bo (2013) Risk compensation in construction workers' activities. In Gonzalez, Vicente & Yiu, Tak Wing (Eds.) 38th Australasian Universities Buidling Education Association Conference, The University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, pp. 1-10.


Construction has been plagued with serious injuries and deaths for years. Although the technological advances have made the world safer and healthier, researchers have noted that some safety interventions, which had clear objective safety benefits, had failed to achieve the forecast savings in lives and injuries. The purpose of this study was to explore whether the construction workers show risk compensation and engage in greater risk taking when certain types of safety measures are implemented in the construction site. A case study approach was used to achieve the aim of this study. A typical construction site in Sydney was selected as the subject of the case study. Data were collected through direct observations, questionnaires and interviews. The findings confirm that workers show risk compensation behaviours in the construction environment. The risk compensation behaviours of workers varied with the level of experience and whether they have suffered from a past workplace injury. The findings of this study may offer a better understanding of workers’ behavioural patterns in construction environment and the effectiveness of safety interventions. The result of this study may provide supports for designing, implementing and evaluating safety interventions in construction site.

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ID Code: 64759
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Accidents, construction, behaviour, risk compensation, safety
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Please consult the authors
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2013 22:41
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2014 03:30

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