Empirical study to investigate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in the repair and maintenance sector in Hong Kong

Hon, Carol K.H., Chan, Albert P.C., & Yam, Michael C.H. (2012) Empirical study to investigate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in the repair and maintenance sector in Hong Kong. ASCE Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 138(7), pp. 877-884.

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Repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition work (RMAA) has become more and more important in developed societies, but its safety performance is alarming. For example, RMAA projects accounted for 53.2% of the total construction market and the percentage of RMAA accidents to all construction accidents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) increased considerably in 2007. The RMAA sector has a huge potential for safety improvement. This study aims to explore and evaluate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in RMAA work. The mixed methods approach was adopted, and semistructured interviews and a two-round Delphi survey were conducted for the data collection. Major difficulties were identified, including limited safety resources for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), difficulty in changing the mindset of RMAA workers, and difficulty in performing safety supervision. These obstacles for implementing safety practices in the RMAA sector, if successfully removed, could significantly improve the safety performance of the RMAA sector and the construction industry as a whole.

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ID Code: 69825
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Construction industry, Accidents, Injuries, Occupational safety, Hong Kong
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000497
ISSN: 1943-7862
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 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 03 Apr 2014 22:57
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2014 05:05

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