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Title: An analysis for the causes of accidents of repair, maintenance, alteration and addition works in Hong Kong
Authors: Hon, CKH
Chan, APC 
Wong, FKW 
Keywords: Accident
Construction safety
Hong Kong
Repair and maintenance
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Safety science, 2010, v. 48, no. 7, p. 894-901 How to cite?
Journal: Safety science 
Abstract: This study unveils causes of accidents in repair, maintenance, alteration and addition (RMAA) work. RMAA work is playing an increasingly important role in developed societies, including Hong Kong. Safety problems associated with RMAA work in Hong Kong has reached an alarming level. In view of rapid expansion of the RMAA sector and rising proportion of accidents in the construction industry, there is a pressing need to investigate causes of RMAA accidents. Structured interviews were conducted with RMAA contractors to explore causes of accidents in the RMAA sector. A two-round Delphi method with 13 safety experts was subsequently employed to verify the interview findings and rank the relative degree of importance for various causes of accidents. Accidents happen in RMAA work due to intersection of reasons. One of the root causes of accidents in RMAA works is low safety awareness of RMAA workers; however, wider organizational and industrial factors are not negligible. This study sheds light on why accidents happen in the RMAA sector. Only when the factors leading to accidents are identified can effective measures be made.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/24492
ISSN: 0925-7535
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2010.03.013
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