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Title: Empirical study to investigate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in the repair and maintenance sector in Hong Kong
Authors: Hon, C
Chan, A 
Yam, M 
Keywords: Construction industry
Accidents
Injuries
Occupational safety
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of construction engineering and management, 2012, v. 138, no. 7, p. 877-884 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of construction engineering and management 
Abstract: Repair, maintenance, minor alteration, and addition work (RMAA) has become more and more important in developed societies, but its safety performance is alarming. For example, RMAA projects accounted for 53.2% of the total construction market and the percentage of RMAA accidents to all construction accidents in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) increased considerably in 2007. The RMAA sector has a huge potential for safety improvement. This study aims to explore and evaluate the difficulties of implementing safety practices in RMAA work. The mixed methods approach was adopted, and semistructured interviews and a two-round Delphi survey were conducted for the data collection. Major difficulties were identified, including limited safety resources for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), difficulty in changing the mindset of RMAA workers, and difficulty in performing safety supervision. These obstacles for implementing safety practices in the RMAA sector, if successfully removed, could significantly improve the safety performance of the RMAA sector and the construction industry as a whole.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/31887
ISSN: 0733-9364
EISSN: 1943-7862
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0000497
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