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Influencing sub-contracted operatives' attitudes and behaviours towards improved health and safety culture in construction

Saheed O. Ajayi (School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Natasha Lister (School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Jamiu Adetayo Dauda (School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Adekunle Oyegoke (School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK)
Hafiz Alaka (Big Data and Innovation Lab, Business School, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 22 December 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

Health and safety is an important issue in workplaces, and despite safety procedures becoming more strict, serious accidents are still happening within the UK construction sector. This demonstrates poor performance in the implementation of safety procedures on construction sites. One of the key challenges is the unwillingness of the site workforce, especially the subcontracted operatives, to adhere to safety provisions on construction sites. As such, this study investigates the strategies for enhancing safe behaviour amongst subcontracted operatives in the UK construction industry.

Design/methodology/approach

The study used exploratory sequential mixed method research, involving interviews and questionnaires as means of data collection, and thematic analysis, reliability analysis and exploratory factor analysis as methods of data analysis.

Findings

The study suggests that various carrot and stick measures are expected to be put in place as part of the strategies for enhancing safe behaviour amongst subcontracted operatives. These include adequate enforcement of safety practices by the management, operative engagement and motivation, commendation and rewards, site safety targets, leadership style and motivation.

Originality/value

Application of the suggested measures could enhance safety on construction sites, as it provides practical measures and solutions for inculcating safety behaviours amongst the site operatives who are most likely to be the victims of site accidents.

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Citation

Ajayi, S.O., Lister, N., Dauda, J.A., Oyegoke, A. and Alaka, H. (2022), "Influencing sub-contracted operatives' attitudes and behaviours towards improved health and safety culture in construction", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-03-2022-0265

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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