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Psychosocial factors for safety performance of construction workers: taking stock and looking forward

Ruipeng Tong (School of Emergency Management and Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing, Beijing, China)
Lulu Wang (School of Emergency Management and Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing, Beijing, China)
Lanxin Cao (School of Emergency Management and Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing, Beijing, China)
Boling Zhang (School of Emergency Management and Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing, Beijing, China)
Xiaoyi Yang (School of Emergency Management and Safety Engineering, China University of Mining and Technology - Beijing, Beijing, China)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 November 2021

Issue publication date: 14 March 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

Psychosocial factors have received increasing attention regarding significantly influencing safety in the construction industry. This research attempts to comprehensively summarize psychosocial factors related to safety performance of construction workers. In the context of coronavirus disease 2019, some typical psychosocial factors are selected to further analyze their influence mechanism of safety performance.

Design/methodology/approach

First, a literature review process was conducted to identify and summarize relevant psychosocial factors. Then, considering the impact of the epidemic, hypotheses on the relationship between six selected psychosocial factors (i.e. work stress, role ambiguity, work–family conflict, autonomy, social support and interpersonal conflict) and safety performance were proposed, and a hypothetical model was developed based on job demands-resources theory. Finally, a meta-analysis was used to examine these hypotheses and the model.

Findings

The results showed these psychosocial factors indirectly influenced workers’ safety performance by impacting on their occupational psychology condition (i.e. burnout and engagement). Work stress, role ambiguity, work–family conflict and interpersonal conflict were negatively related to safety performance by promoting burnout and affecting engagement. Autonomy and social support were positively related to safety performance by improving work engagement and reducing burnout.

Originality/value

This research is the pioneer systematically describing the overall picture of psychosocial factors related to the safety performance of construction workers. Through deeply discussed the mechanism of psychosocial factors and safety performance, it could provide a reference for the theory and application of psychosocial factors in the field of construction safety management.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 52074302) and the Beijing Natural Science Foundation (Grant No. 8212015).

Citation

Tong, R., Wang, L., Cao, L., Zhang, B. and Yang, X. (2023), "Psychosocial factors for safety performance of construction workers: taking stock and looking forward", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 30 No. 2, pp. 944-962. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2021-0786

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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