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Title: Potential difficulties in applying the Pay for Safety Scheme (PFSS) in construction projects
Authors: Choi, TNY
Chan, DWM 
Chan, APC 
Keywords: Pay for SafetyScheme (PFSS)
Safety performance
Hong Kong
Construction industry
Issue Date: Sep-2012
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Accident analysis and prevention, 2012, v. 48, p. 145-155 How to cite?
Journal: Accident analysis and prevention 
Abstract: Since 1996, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) has introduced the Pay for SafetyScheme (PFSS) to the public works construction contracts to uplift their safety performance. However, the adoption of PFSS has also encountered some difficulties that merit considerable attention. This paper purports to provide a concise review of the prevailing application of PFSS in Hong Kong in general, and to explore the potentialdifficulties associated with PFSS in particular. By means of an empirical questionnaire survey geared towards industrial practitioners with extensive direct hands-on PFSS experience, their opinions were solicited, analyzed and compared between the client group and contractor group of respondents. The three most significant difficulties in implementing PFSS were found to be: (1) “Plenty of paperwork required for certifying payment to contractor”; (2) “Complicated contract documents and lengthy assessment process”; and (3) “Over-tight project schedule requiring rush jobs”. The output of this research study is particularly essential in assisting the contracting parties to mitigate the avoidable hindrances when embarking on PFSS. It has also generated valuable insights into developing effective recommendations for alleviating the barriers to PFSS success for future constructionprojects.
ISSN: 0001-4575
DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.015
Rights: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Accident analysis & prevention. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Accident analysis & prevention, vol. 48, (Sep 2012), DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2011.04.015
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