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Title: Construction safety for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong
Authors: Chan, APC 
Hon, CKH
Wong, FKW 
Yam, MCH 
Chan, DWM 
Ku, HB
Keywords: Construction
Safety climate
Ethnic minorities
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 2012
Source: CIB W099 International Conference on Modelling and Building Health and Safety, Singapore, 10-11 September 2012, p. 546-556 How to cite?
Abstract: The construction industry of Hong Kong is experiencing an ageing problem and a labour shortage. To alleviate the shortage of construction workforce, the government has initiatives to assist ethnic minorities to join the construction industry. It is foreseeable that more people from the ethnic minorities will join the construction industry. The safety of workers from the ethnic minorities in construction has attracted growing research interest in many developed countries. Statistics show that workers from the ethnic minorities were nearly 30 percent more likely to have work-related injuries than local workers. However, in Hong Kong, official statistics on the safety of workers from the ethnic minorities are not available. This reflects the racial or ethnic insensitivity of the construction industry in Hong Kong. As the safety of ethnic minorities has not received the attention, this research seeking to contribute to efforts to improve the safety of workers from the ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong is all the more urgent. This paper provides an initial report of a research project which focuses on improving the safety of ethnic minority construction workers. Qualitative and quantitative research methods applied in conducting the research are first discussed. Preliminary statistics of construction accidents involving ethnic minority construction workers will then be reported.
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