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Transforming construction health and safety management during COVID-19 pandemic using innovative technologies: PLS-SEM approach

Yi Tong Kum (Department of Surveying, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKCFES), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - Kampus Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Malaysia)
Jeffrey Boon Hui Yap (Department of Surveying, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKCFES), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - Kampus Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Malaysia)
Yoke-Lian Lew (Department of Surveying, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKCFES), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - Kampus Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Malaysia)
Wah Peng Lee (Department of Surveying, Lee Kong Chian Faculty of Engineering and Science (LKCFES), Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman - Kampus Bandar Sungai Long, Kajang, Malaysia)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 14 February 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

This study aims to investigate technology-based health and safety (H&S) management to control the spread of disease on construction sites using a partial least squares structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) approach.

Design/methodology/approach

An extensive literature review is conducted to develop a conceptual framework. The variables identified from the literature review are included in a cross-sectional survey which gathered a total of 203 valid feedback. The variables for challenges are grouped under their relevant construct using exploratory factor analysis. Then, a hypothesized model is developed for PLS-SEM analysis using Smart PLS software. Later, the outcome of the model is further validated by nine construction experts using a semi-structured questionnaire survey.

Findings

The results rationalized the relationships between the COVID-19 H&S measures, challenges in implementing COVID-19 H&S measures on construction sites and the innovative technologies in transforming construction H&S management during the COVID-19 pandemic. The possible challenges that obstruct the implementation of H&S measures are highlighted. The potential technologies which can significantly transform H&S management by reducing the impact of challenges are presented.

Practical implications

The findings benefited the industry practitioners who are suffering disruption in construction operations due to the pneumonic plague.

Originality/value

By developing a conceptual model, this study reveals the contribution of technology-based H&S management for construction projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, which remains under-studied, especially in the context of the developing world.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge the Ministry of Higher Education Malaysia (MOHE) for financial support under Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS) Project Number: FRGS/1/2022/SS02/UTAR/02/1 for the project entitled “Technology Readiness Index (TRI) for the adoption of innovative technologies in construction safety science and management in Malaysia” and UTAR Research Fund (UTARRF) Project Number: IPSR/RMC/UTARRF/2021-C1/J01. The authors express their sincere thanks to all the industry practitioners who have participated in the data collection process.

Citation

Kum, Y.T., Yap, J.B.H., Lew, Y.-L. and Lee, W.P. (2023), "Transforming construction health and safety management during COVID-19 pandemic using innovative technologies: PLS-SEM approach", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-08-2022-0780

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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