Determining safety climate factors in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition sector of Hong Kong

Hon, Carol K.H., Chan, Albert P.C., & Yam, Michael C.H. (2013) Determining safety climate factors in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition sector of Hong Kong. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 139(5), pp. 519-528.

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The accident record of the repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition (RMAA) sector has been alarmingly high; however, research in the RMAA sector remains limited. Unsafe behavior is considered one of the key causes of accidents. Thus, the organizational factors that influence individual safety behavior at work continue to be the focus of many studies. The safety climate, which reflects the true priority of safety in an organization, has drawn much attention. Safety climate measurement helps to identify areas for safety improvement. The current study aims to identify safety climate factors in the RMAA sector. A questionnaire survey was conducted in the RMAA sector in Hong Kong. Data were randomly split into the calibration and the validation samples. The RMAA safety climate factors were determined by exploratory factor analysis on the calibration sample. Three safety climate factors of the RMAA works were identified:

(1) management commitment to occupational health and safety (OHS) and employee involvement,

(2) application of safety rules and work practices, and;

(3) responsibility for health and safety. Confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) was then conducted on the validation sample. The CFA model showed satisfactory goodness of fit, reliability, and validity. The suggested RMAA safety climate factors can be utilized by construction industry practitioners in developed economies to measure the safety climate of their RMAA projects, thereby enhancing the safety of RMAA works.

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ID Code: 70025
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety Climate Factors, Repair, Maintenance, Exploratory Factor Analysis, Confirmatory Factor Analysis
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000588
ISSN: 1943-7862
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2014 01:41
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 05:19

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