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Safety behaviour and safety management: its influence on the attitudes of workers in the UK construction industry

D. LANGFORD (Department of Civil Engineering, Strathclyde University, Glasgow G4 0NG, UK)
S. ROWLINSON (Department of Surveying and Real Estate, Hong Kong University, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong)
E. SAWACHA (Formerly of Brunel University, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UK)

Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management

ISSN: 0969-9988

Article publication date: 1 February 2000

Abstract

This paper identifies the critical factors that influence the attitudes of construction workers towards safe behaviour on construction sites. It studies these attitudes by using a research model that links three themes: safety management implementation strategies, attitudes of workers about safety and behavioural factors displayed by construction workers. This model is used to frame the responses of 126 directly employed construction workers in 10 companies. Some 56 variables were identified as having a potential influence upon attitudes to safety. The initial data analysis found that 12 technical factors significantly correlated to the development of strong positive attitudes towards safety management. Second‐order analysis, using factor analysis, isolated five variables that had a major influence on safety attitudes. The five factors were: organizing for safety supervision and equipment management, industry norms and culture, attitudes to risk taking and management behaviour.

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LANGFORD, D., ROWLINSON, S. and SAWACHA, E. (2000), "Safety behaviour and safety management: its influence on the attitudes of workers in the UK construction industry", Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 133-140. https://doi.org/10.1108/eb021138

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