Barriers to good occupational health and safety (OHS) practices by small construction firms

Wong, Jocelyn Ying Ying, Gray, Jason, & Sadiqi, Zabihullah (2015) Barriers to good occupational health and safety (OHS) practices by small construction firms. Journal of Construction Management, XXX(I), pp. 55-66.

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The construction industry has long been considered to have unacceptably high injury and fatality rates. Previous research has shown that small construction companies sustain higher injury rates than large companies. However, despite the industry being dominated by a very large number of such small companies, little is known of their occupational health and safety (OHS) needs, practices and constraints. This paper takes a first step in aiming to identify the principal barriers that affect good OHS performance of small construction companies so that effective OHS practices can be developed to improve this in future. The contents of the literature are first summarised, in which three critical barriers to good OHS practice in small construction firms are proposed. They are : cost, time, lack of safety awareness and concern. The results of a questionnaire survey carried out with South East Queensland construction personnel are presented, which largely confirm what is suggested by the literature research and also succeed in providing an indication of their ranking in terms of importance and suggestions for overcoming these barriers. The research results provide a better understanding of the issues that restrict good OHS practice in small construction companies and potential measures for improvement.

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ID Code: 87062
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Health and safety, Good practice, Barriers, Small construction firms, South East Queensland
ISSN: 0970-3675
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 NICMAR: National Institute of Construction Management and Research.
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2015 04:46
Last Modified: 03 Sep 2015 03:33

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