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Factors influencing workplace accident costs of building projects

Published on Feb 1, 2015in Safety Science 2.83
· DOI :10.1016/j.ssci.2014.08.008
Yingbin Feng9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Western Sydney),
Shang Zhang2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Suzhou University of Science and Technology),
Peng Wu17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Central Queensland University)
Abstract
Abstract Workplace accidents would incur various losses to the injured workers and their families, employers and society. This study aims to investigate the magnitude of workplace accident costs to building contractors and identify factors influencing workplace accident costs of building projects. Data were collected using multiple techniques (structured interviews, archival records and questionnaires) from 47 completed building projects in Singapore. Data were analyzed using bivariate correlation analysis and moderated regression analysis. It is found that the average direct accident costs, indirect accident costs and total accident costs of building projects account for 0.165%, 0.086% and 0.25% of contract sum, respectively. It is concluded that workplace accident costs of building projects are influenced by accident rates, project hazard level, project size, company size and the involvement of sub-contractors. The findings of this study may enhance decision makers’ understanding of financial implications of workplace accidents in their building projects and motivate them to undertake accident prevention initiatives voluntarily.
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Published on Aug 1, 2014in International Journal of Project Management 4.33
Yingbin Feng9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Western Sydney),
Evelyn Ai Lin Teo9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
+ 1 AuthorsSui Pheng Low15
Estimated H-index: 15
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
Abstract This study aims to explore the interactive effects of safety investments, safety culture and project hazard on construction safety performance. Data were collected using multiple techniques from 47 completed building projects in Singapore. Data were analyzed using correlation analysis, regression analysis, moderation analysis and mediation analysis. The results show that: (1) safety performance improves when there is a higher level of safety investments, a higher level of safety culture...
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Published on Dec 1, 2013in Safety Science 2.83
Mónica López-Alonso5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UGR: University of Granada),
María Pilar Ibarrondo-Dávila2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGR: University of Granada)
+ 1 AuthorsTeresa M. García Muñoz2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UGR: University of Granada)
This paper presents the most significant results of a study of the impact of health and safety investment on construction company costs. A questionnaire was designed and applied to a sample of a total of 40 construction works in progress in southern Spain. Analysis of the data produced reveals the interrelationships between variables relevant to the management of risk reduction, including the costs of safety measures of risk reduction, the occurrence of accidents and their cost, the material ope...
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Published on Nov 1, 2013in Safety Science 2.83
Yingbin Feng9
Estimated H-index: 9
(University of Western Sydney)
Abstract The construction industry is increasingly reliant on the voluntary effort of contractors to reduce accidents on construction sites. This study aims to investigate the effects of contractors’ safety investments on safety performance and identify the factors influencing the effects of safety investments on safety performance. To fulfill the research aims, a regression/correlation research design was adopted. Data were collected using multiple techniques (structured interviews, archival da...
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Published on Nov 19, 2007
Phyllis Tharenou17
Estimated H-index: 17
(UniSA: University of South Australia),
Ross Donohue9
Estimated H-index: 9
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Brian Cooper26
Estimated H-index: 26
Preface 1. The research process 2. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs 3. Correlation field study (survey) designs 4. Case study research design 5. Action research designs 6. Asking questions: Questionnaires and interviews 7. Documentation and observation 8. Reliability and validity 9. Scale development 10. Quantitative data: data set-up and initial analysis 11. Quantitative data: multivariate data analysis for answering research questions and hypothesis testing 12. Content/textual data ...
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Published on Nov 1, 2007in Construction Management and Economics
Kamardeen Imriyas4
Estimated H-index: 4
(UNSW: University of New South Wales),
Low Sui Pheng25
Estimated H-index: 25
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Evelyn Ai Lin Teo9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
Occupational injuries and fatalities are rampant in construction. The significance of the workers' compensation insurance (WCI) is immeasurable in safeguarding the interests of construction workers and contractors. From the insurers' perspective, the commitment under this insurance is extremely broad; there are no exclusions and a maximum limit on their liability. Thus, insurers must accomplish rigorous risk and market assessments to decide optimal premiums for construction projects. The convent...
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Brian Keeley1
Estimated H-index: 1
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Published on Jul 1, 2005in Construction Management and Economics
D. Darshi De Saram5
Estimated H-index: 5
(PolyU: Hong Kong Polytechnic University),
S.L. Tang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(PolyU: Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Direct financial costs of accidents are the tip of the iceberg when compared to the indirect costs. Notwithstanding the difficulties involved, it is very important to estimate the indirect costs borne by society, and the non‐material losses due to pain, suffering and loss of enjoyment of life undergone by the victim. This study investigates the pain and suffering costs (non‐material losses) of the victims of construction accidents in Hong Kong based on relevant High Court personal injury case ju...
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Published on Jun 1, 2004
Helen Lingard29
Estimated H-index: 29
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Stephen Rowlinson1
Estimated H-index: 1
Socially aware construction clients increasingly expect safety management systems to be implemented in the projects they procure. However, when it comes to occupational health and safety, a gap still exists in the knowledge of many construction managers and professionals. This book will therefore be helpful to them and to construction students who want to know more about occupational health and safety." "This book should be of interest to all participants in the construction process, including c...
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David K. H. Chua19
Estimated H-index: 19
(NUS: National University of Singapore),
Yang Miang Goh16
Estimated H-index: 16
(NUS: National University of Singapore)
In order for the construction industry to improve its poor safety performance it needs to learn from its mistakes and put the lessons learned to good use. This need calls for effective feedback mechanisms that can transmit information derived from incident investigation to be utilized in safety planning. The feedback should be at two levels; first, feedback to the Safety Management System that had failed, and second, feedback to the safety planning of future projects. The first level of feedback...
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Published on Mar 1, 2004in Accident Analysis & Prevention 2.58
Pall Rikhardsson15
Estimated H-index: 15
(AU: Aarhus University),
Martin Impgaard2
Estimated H-index: 2
The systematic accident cost analysis (SACA) project was carried out during 2001 by The Aarhus School of Business and PricewaterhouseCoopers Denmark with financial support from The Danish National Working Environment Authority. Its focused on developing and testing a method for evaluating occupational costs of companies for use by occupational health and safety professionals. The method was tested in nine Danish companies within three different industry sectors and the costs of 27 selected occup...
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Published on Apr 8, 2019in Journal of Civil Engineering and Management 1.66
Wei Zhang (HUST: Huazhong University of Science and Technology), Xiao Zhang (HUST: Huazhong University of Science and Technology)+ 1 AuthorsTingsheng Zhao (HUST: Huazhong University of Science and Technology)
Safety is a key objective of construction management, but construction safety management is complex due to various types of technical and management factors. If critical factors can be identified and corresponding measurements can be adopted, it will be more direct and effective to improve safety performance. In this paper, by using the system thinking method, construction safety management is considered as a system and decomposed into six subsystems and related management factors. The fuzzy fau...
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Arto Reiman4
Estimated H-index: 4
(University of Oulu),
Louise Møller Pedersen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(AAU: Aalborg University)
+ 4 AuthorsTuula Räsänen5
Estimated H-index: 5
(Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)
ABSTRACTRecent debate regarding the possibility for decreasing the risk of accidents within the construction industry has emphasized the need for innovative training methods. Training should combine behavior- and culture-based approaches, simulate real-life situations, and involve multiple methods. The concept of Safety Training Park (STP) has been developed to meet these challenges. Eighty stakeholders from the Finnish construction industry have been involved in the construction and financing o...
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Published on Jan 1, 2019in Safety Science 2.83
Bo Shao1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHU: Wuhan University),
Zhigen Hu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(WHU: Wuhan University)
+ 2 AuthorsWenqin He1
Estimated H-index: 1
Abstract Fatal accidents occur frequently in building construction activities due to inherently hazardous nature. This paper aims to explore the fatal accident patterns in China’s building construction activities by using frequency analysis, correlation coefficient analysis and variance analysis. The data presented in this study come from short reports of accidents published by the Ministry of Housing and Urban-Rural Development. The results are obtained by analyzing the factors related to month...
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Published on Dec 1, 2018in Journal of Safety Research 2.39
Amir Mohammadi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UT: University of Tehran),
Mehdi Tavakolan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UT: University of Tehran),
Yahya Khosravi6
Estimated H-index: 6
Introduction: Safe behavior and work conditions are a major concern in construction projects. However, accidents occur due to system failures, not a single factor such as unsafe behavior or condition. Construction safety should be investigated by a systematic view capable of illustrating the complex nature of accidents. Method: The present research aims to detect and categorize behavior patterns recurring in construction safety management continuously. Content analysis and ground theory method (...
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Published on Nov 1, 2018in Safety Science 2.83
Amir Mohammadi2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UT: University of Tehran),
Mehdi Tavakolan5
Estimated H-index: 5
(UT: University of Tehran),
Yahya Khosravi6
Estimated H-index: 6
Abstract Construction is one of the most dangerous industries due to its unique, dynamic, and temporary nature. This paper aims to review and extract the factors influencing safety performance on construction projects. In the presented work, methodologies, results, discussions and findings from a total of 90 previous papers are investigated to achieve the paper objectives. The reviewed papers are categorized based on their type, methods of data collection, analytical method, research objectives,...
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Xiang Wu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(China University of Geosciences),
Yuanlong Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(China University of Geosciences)
+ 3 AuthorsWenwen Yin2
Estimated H-index: 2
(THU: Tsinghua University)
Job stress is considered one of the critical causes of construction workers’ unsafe behaviors. As a mainstay industry in many countries, the construction industry has a considerable number of employees and the research on how job stress affects workers’ unsafe behaviors has important theoretical and practical significance to improve construction safety performance through better job stress management. In this study, the authors thoroughly reviewed the literature and conducted semi-structured int...
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