Improving safety communication of ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong

Chan, Albert P.C., Javed, Arshad Ali, Wong, Francis K.W., & Hon, Carol K.H. (2014) Improving safety communication of ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong. In Wang, Yaowu, Ye, Haowen, Shen, Geofrey Q.P., & Bai, Yong (Eds.) ICCREM 2014: Smart Construction and Management in the Context of New Technology, American Society of Civil Engineers, Kunming, China, pp. 463-474.

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Abstract

The construction workforce in Hong Kong is experiencing a severe ageing problem and labour shortage. One initiative to enhance the supply of manpower is to assist ethnic minorities joining the industry. It is foreseeable that the percentage of ethnic minorities in the construction workforce will keep increasing. Statistics show that ethnic minorities were nearly 30% more likely to have work-related injuries than local workers in some developed countries. However, official statistics on the safety of ethnic minorities are not available in Hong Kong. A search in newspaper archive revealed that ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong are subjected to higher fatality rate than local workers, just as is the case in many developed countries. This reflects that the safety of ethnic minorities has not received the attention it rightly deserves. Safety communication has been one of the key factors leading to accidents. Safety communication barriers of ethnic minorities impede them from receiving safety training and acquiring safety information effectively. Research towards improving the safety communication of ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong becomes more urgent. This paper will provides an initial report on a research project which focuses on improving the safety communication of ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong. Quantitative and qualitative research methods including Social Network Analysis (SNA) applied in conducting the research are first discussed. Preliminary statistics of construction accidents related to ethnic minorities in Hong Kong are then presented.

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ID Code: 79627
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Safety, Ethnic minorities
DOI: 10.1061/9780784413777.056
ISBN: 9780784413777
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > OTHER BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (129900) > Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified (129999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers
Deposited On: 23 Dec 2014 02:16
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2017 14:02

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