An analysis for the causes of accidents of repair, maintenance, alteration and addition works in Hong Kong

Hon, Carol K.H., Chan, Albert P.C., & Wong, Francis K.W. (2010) An analysis for the causes of accidents of repair, maintenance, alteration and addition works in Hong Kong. Safety Science, 48(7), pp. 894-901.

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Abstract

This study unveils causes of accidents in repair, maintenance, alteration and addition (RMAA) work. RMAA work is playing an increasingly important role in developed societies, including Hong Kong. Safety problems associated with RMAA work in Hong Kong has reached an alarming level. In view of rapid expansion of the RMAA sector and rising proportion of accidents in the construction industry, there is a pressing need to investigate causes of RMAA accidents. Structured interviews were conducted with RMAA contractors to explore causes of accidents in the RMAA sector. A two-round Delphi method with 13 safety experts was subsequently employed to verify the interview findings and rank the relative degree of importance for various causes of accidents. Accidents happen in RMAA work due to intersection of reasons. One of the root causes of accidents in RMAA works is low safety awareness of RMAA workers; however, wider organizational and industrial factors are not negligible. This study sheds light on why accidents happen in the RMAA sector. Only when the factors leading to accidents are identified can effective measures be made.

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ID Code: 69821
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Accident, Repair and maintenance, Construction safety, Hong Kong
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.03.013
ISSN: 0925-7535
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Safety Science. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Safety Science, [Volume 48, Issue 7, (August 2010)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.03.013
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 23:35
Last Modified: 12 Dec 2014 00:06

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