Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/37313
Title: RMAA safety performance - how does it compare with greenfield projects?
Authors: Chan, APC 
Wong, FKW 
Yam, MCH 
Chan, DWM 
Hon, CKH
Wang, Y
Dingsday, D
Biggs, H
Keywords: RMAA
Greenfield
Safety performance
Accident statistics
Issue Date: 2010
Source: Proceedings of the CIB World Congress 2010, Building a Better World : Working Commission W099 Safety and Health in Construction : The Lowry, Salford Quays, United Kingdom, 10-13 May 2010, paper ID. 457, p. 154 (USB) How to cite?
Abstract: Gross value of construction work in the repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) sector in Hong Kong has expanded dramatically by 58% from 1998 to 2007, accounting for over 53% of the whole construction market in 2007. Unfortunately, the portion of industrial accidents arising from this sector also increased substantially during the same period. It is important to improve the safety performance of the RMAA sector. This paper has set out the objectives to examine safety statistics of RMAA works; to compare them with those of greenfield projects; and more importantly, to highlight potential hurdles encountered in the process of comparison and finally to provide effective recommendations for overcoming these impediments.
The Census and Statistics Department and the Labour Department are the two major government bodies in Hong Kong compiling official statistical data of construction output and safety performance of the construction industry respectively. An analysis of their statistics suggests that there are ambiguities in their classifications of construction work. Besides, while the accident rate per 1,000 workers has been widely accepted as the primary indicator of safety performance, no such data is available for RMAA works due to the lack of an accurate record of workers in this sector. Worse still, under-reporting of minor injuries largely exists in the RMAA sector, which creates extra difficulties for the measurement and comparison of safety performance between the RMAA and greenfield sectors. To strive for continuous safety improvement of RMAA works, comparable safety statistics should be compiled for this sector. This requires more efforts devoted by all the stakeholders to the capturing of employment figures and raising of overall accident reporting level for RMAA projects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/37313
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