Construction safety management: an exploratory study from China

Eddie W.L. Cheng (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
H. Li (Department of Building and Real Estate, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong)
D.P. Fang (Department of Construction Management, School of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)
F. Xie (Department of Construction Management, School of Civil Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China)

Construction Innovation

ISSN: 1471-4175

Publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

This paper aims at presenting the analysis of the views of construction participants in China’s construction industry on three major site safety issues. First, data from three distinctive roles (project managers, safety officers, and foremen) on site safety knowledge were analysed. Results indicate that they have low levels of safety knowledge. This is consistent with the existing literature, implying that safety training and education is a major issue around the world. In addition, the views of project managers and safety officers are further elicited on the second issue (that is, factors affecting site safety) and the third issue (that is, methods for improving project safety management). Results indicate that both parties have quite consistent views. The six most important factors are “lack of attention to safety protection by workers”, “lack of attention to safety management by main contractors/project managers”, “insufficient safety training”, “inadequate safety level”, “tiredness of workers”, and “poor quality of construction materials and equipments”. The five most promising methods are “increase in safety investment in terms of manpower, capital and finance”, “improvement in safety operations”, “no alcohol at work”, “increase in safety training and education for workers”, and “increase in safety inspection”. Discussions are given in this paper.

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Cheng, E., Li, H., Fang, D. and Xie, F. (2004), "Construction safety management: an exploratory study from China", Construction Innovation, Vol. 4 No. 4, pp. 229-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/14714170410815114

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