Relationships between safety climate and safety performance of building repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works

Hon, Carol K.H., Chan, Albert P.C., & Yam, Michael C.H. (2014) Relationships between safety climate and safety performance of building repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works. Safety Science, 65, pp. 10-19.

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The importance of repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) works is increasing in many built societies. When the volume of RMAA works increases, the occurrence of RMAA accidents also increases. Safety of RMAA works deserves more attention; however, research in this important topic remains limited. Safety climate is considered a key factor that influences safety performance. The present study aims to determine the relationships between safety climate and safety performance of RMAA works, thereby offering recommendations on improving RMAA safety. Questionnaires were dispatched to private property management companies, maintenance sections of quasi-government developers and their subcontractors, RMAA sections of general contractors, small RMAA contractors, building services contractors and trade unions in Hong Kong. In total, data from 396 questionnaires were collected from RMAA workers. The sample was divided into two equal-sized sub-samples. On the first sub-sample SEM was used to test the model, which was validated on the second sub-sample. The model revealed a significant negative relationship between RMAA safety climate and incidence of self-reported near misses and injuries, and significant positive relationships between RMAA safety climate and safety participation and safety compliance respectively. Higher RMAA safety climate was positively associated with a lower incidence of self-reported near misses and injuries and higher levels of safety participation and safety compliance.

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ID Code: 70023
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety Climate, Safety performance, Repair and maintenance
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2013.12.012
ISSN: 0925-7535
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 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 65, (June 2014)] DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2013.12.012
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2014 01:48
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2015 08:09

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