Fatalities of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition works in Hong Kong

Hon, Carol K.H. & Chan, Albert P.C. (2013) Fatalities of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition works in Hong Kong. Safety Science, 51(1), pp. 85-93.

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This study examines fatalities of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works which occurred in Hong Kong between January 2000 and October 2011. A total of 119 RMAA fatalities were recorded. Particular emphasis was placed on fall from height accidents as they accounted for the vast majority of RMAA fatal accidents for the period. A cluster analysis was conducted on fall from height fatal cases. The cluster analysis clearly identified three groups of fall from height fatalities:

(1) bamboo scaffolders aged between 25 and 34 who fell from external wall/facade in the beginning of weekdays;

(2) miscellaneous workers aged between 45 and 54 who fell from other/unknown places in the end of weekdays; and

(3) manual labour aged between 35 and 44 who fell at floor level/from floor openings in weekends.

Unsafe process and improper procedures were the main unsafe condition leading to fatalities whereas safety belt not properly used was the main unsafe action leading to fatalities. Specific safety interventions were recommended for each of these groups to help avoid these fatalities.

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ID Code: 70020
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fatalities, Repair, Maintenance, Two-step Cluster Analysis
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.06.013
ISSN: 0925-7535
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 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 51, Issue 1, (January 2013)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2012.06.013
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2014 01:29
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2016 14:20

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