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Construction disability management maturity model: case study within the Manitoban construction industry

Rhoda Ansah Quaigrain (Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)
Mohamed Hassan Issa (Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada)

International Journal of Workplace Health Management

ISSN: 1753-8351

Article publication date: 31 March 2021

Issue publication date: 22 June 2021




A review of the literature revealed a lack of coherent frameworks for implementing disability management, particularly within the construction industry. This study involved developing the construction disability management maturity model (CDM3) to assess the maturity of disability management (DM) practices in construction organisations.


In its current form, the model assessed twelve indicators using a series of questions representing relevant best practices for each indicator and five different maturity levels. An analytical hierarchical process was conducted using eight construction and DM experts to determine the weights of importance of these different indicators. The model was then applied to evaluate ten construction companies in Manitoba, Canada.


The results revealed that the indicators of “Return to Work”, “Disability and Injury Prevention”, and “Senior Management Support” practises were the most heavily weighted and, thus, the most important. Companies' DM performance was observed, on average, to be at the quantitatively managed level. “Senior Management Support” and “Disability Injury Prevention” practices were observed to be the most mature indicators on average, revealing a potential relationship between the most important and most mature indicators.

Research limitations/implications

The sample size of companies evaluated is a key limitation in that it does not permit for the generalisation of the results.

Practical implications

This study provided a framework for benchmarking the DM performance of construction organisations.


No similar maturity model has been developed to date to assess DM in construction, making the CDM3 the first of its kind to evaluate a construction organisation's existing DM practices against best practises.



This research was supported by a grant from the Research and Workplace Innovation Program of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. We would like to thank Editage ( for English language editing.


Quaigrain, R.A. and Issa, M.H. (2021), "Construction disability management maturity model: case study within the Manitoban construction industry", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 14 No. 3, pp. 274-291.



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