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A critical analysis of safety performance indicators in construction

Aziz Yousif Shaikh (School of Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)
Robert Osei‐Kyei (School of Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)
Mary Hardie (School of Built Environment, Western Sydney University, Penrith, Australia)

International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation

ISSN: 2398-4708

Article publication date: 17 October 2020

Issue publication date: 18 May 2021

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Abstract

Purpose

Safety performance indicators are a major research concern globally in the construction sector, so this study aims to systematically analyse construction safety performance indicators from some top research publications from 2000 to 2019.

Design/methodology/approach

Systematic review was performed using Scopus search engine and relevant publications were compiled. Visual and far reaching search in all publications were performed. Final analysis was done to evaluate selected attributes.

Findings

The outcome of the analysis showed growing interest in research on construction safety performance indicators since 2000. From the review, 48 safety performance indicators are identified from 41 selected publications. The most reported safety performance indicators were safety climate, safety orientation, management commitment to safety, near-miss and job site audits. It was noted further that USA, Australia, Canada and China have been international locations of attention for most research on construction safety performance indicators. The 48 safety indicators are classified into six categories, namely people indicators, culture indicators, processes indicators, infrastructure indicators, metrics indicators and technology indicators

Practical implications

The findings identified provide researchers and practitioners a summary of the safety indicators in the construction sector through a vision to streamline future applications and increase the safety performance in the construction sector.

Originality/value

A safety performance indicators' list has been established for the adoption of future empirical research. The findings will make a significant contribution to current but limited knowledge on safety performance indicators in construction industry.

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Citation

Shaikh, A.Y., Osei‐Kyei, R. and Hardie, M. (2021), "A critical analysis of safety performance indicators in construction", International Journal of Building Pathology and Adaptation, Vol. 39 No. 3, pp. 547-580. https://doi.org/10.1108/IJBPA-03-2020-0018

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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