Improving health and safety communication of migrant construction workers

Hon, Carol K.H., Skitmore, Martin, Biggs, Herbert C., Chan, Albert P.C., & Alexander, Geoff (2015) Improving health and safety communication of migrant construction workers. In RICS COBRA AUBEA 2015, 8-10 July 2015, Sydney, NSW.

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Although statistical data in some developed countries indicate that migrant workers are nearly 30% more likely to have work-related injuries than local workers, no equivalent official injury/ incident statistics on the health and safety (H&S) of migrant workers are currently tracked in Australia. With increasing numbers of migrant workers having joined Australia’s extractive industries infrastructure and commercial construction industry, this suggests the need for some investigation. A particular issue is that lack of H&S communication is one of the key factors leading to construction industry accidents/ incidents as it prevents workers from effectively receiving H&S safety training and acquiring H&S information. Migrant workers whose first languages are not English are particularly affected by this problem and ways are needed to improve their situation. The research aims to do this by evaluating the H&S communication problems of migrant workers and identify an effective H&S communication structure. An overview of the challenge being addressed by the research is firstly provided, followed by a description of the research framework, and a report of the initial findings, from which recommendations are provided for improving H&S performance in the construction industry.

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ID Code: 90779
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: communication, health and safety, migrant workers
ISBN: 9781783210718
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > BUILDING (120200) > Building Construction Management and Project Planning (120201)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
  • QUT/ECARD Grant
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 RICS
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2015 23:06
Last Modified: 28 Jan 2016 04:05

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