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Risk compensation behaviours in construction workers’ activities

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Y Feng, Peng WuPeng Wu
The purpose of this study was to test whether the construction workers have the tendency of engaging in risk compensation behaviours, and identify the demographic variables, which may influence the extent to which the construction workers may show risk compensation behaviours. Both quantitative (survey) and qualitative (interviews) approaches were used in this study. A questionnaire survey was conducted with all the construction workers on three building construction sites of a leading construction company in Australia. Semi-structured interviews were then conducted to validate the findings of the quantitative research. The findings indicate that workers tend to show risk compensation behaviours in the construction environment. The workers with more working experience, higher education, or having never been injured at work before have a higher tendency to show risk compensation in their activities than the others. The implication is that contractors need to assess the potential influence of workers’ risk compensation behaviours when evaluating the effect of risk control measures. It is recommended that supervisors pay more attention to the behavioural changes of those workers who have more experience, higher education, and have never been injured before after the implementation of new safety control measures on construction site.

History

Volume

22

Issue

1

Start Page

40

End Page

47

Number of Pages

8

eISSN

1745-7319

ISSN

1745-7300

Location

London, United Kingdom

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Acceptance Date

11/09/2013

External Author Affiliations

School of Engineering and Technology (2013- ); TBA Research Institute; University of Western Sydney;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion