Construction site safety in Hong Kong

Helen Lingard, Steve Rowlinson

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The structural characteristics of the Hong Kong construction industry, most notably its elaborate system of subcontracting and the casual basis on which labour is employed, pose serious problems for safety managers. By international standards, Hong Kong’s construction industry performs very badly in the area of safety. Recent work in the UK and Finland highlights the effectiveness of behavioural techniques to improve safety performance on construction sites. Work is currently under way to test these techniques in the Hong Kong construction setting. The structural properties of the Hong Kong construction industry have been taken into consideration and labour commitments to the group and to the organization have been identified for additional consideration in research. It is expected that these variables will intervene in the application of behavioural techniques to determine their effectiveness. This paper investigates the theoretical background to commitment at the group and organizational level and presents a site-level research model which is illustrative of the possible effects that group and organization level commitment may be found to have on the use of behavioural techniques. © 1994, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-510
Number of pages10
JournalConstruction Management and Economics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 1994
Externally publishedYes


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