Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/37387
Title: Sharing construction safety knowledge through social networks
Authors: Fang, D
Huang, J
Fong, PSW 
Keywords: Construction safety
Construction site
Gangmaster
Master
Demographic character
Issue Date: 2010
Source: CIB World Congress 2010, Salford, UK, 10-13 May 2010 How to cite?
Abstract: Construction employees’ lack of safety knowledge is one of the most important reasons for the high accident rate in the construction industry. Research into safety knowledge sharing through social networks is crucial because social networks are a significant vehicle for the transfer of knowledge. This study discusses what kinds of employees are usually consulted by others separately on safety knowledge, and how safety knowledge is transferred among employees in different positions on construction sites in order to use specific measures to improve construction safety knowledge sharing. This study adopted the name-nominated method to design the questionnaire, and investigated 267 employees on 24 construction sites in the Chinese mainland. The logistic regression and frequency analysis methods were used to analyze how construction employees selected ten types of social relations as the objects of their safety knowledge sharing; these included family, friends, colleagues, former classmates, and so on. The study also discusses the effects of different age, work type, education and tenure on employees’ choice of safety knowledge sharing objects. Safety knowledge sharing networks based on job position on the construction site are described, and finally, the study further discusses the above findings from both theory and comparison aspects. The results of this study led us to the conclusion that “masters” and gangmasters should play a more important role in safety knowledge sharing, that less educated and low-tenure employees prefer to put safety-related questions to their supervisors, and that the education factor is more critical than tenure. The study also puts forward some suggestions to improve the safety knowledge sharing of construction employees, including strengthening the safety responsibility and knowledge level of “masters” and gangmasters, and enhancing the provision of supervisors’ safety education to novice and less educated employees.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/37387
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