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Title: Safety management in repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition works : a knowledge management perspective
Authors: Hon, KH
Chan, APC 
Keywords: Safety
Construction industry
Maintenance
Hong Kong
Issue Date: 6-Jun-2013
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Source: Journal of management in engineering, v. 30, no. 6, 04014026, p. 1-7 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of management in engineering 
Abstract: Safety of repair, maintenance, alteration and addition (RMAA) works has long been neglected because RMAA works are often minute and only last for a short period of time. With rising importance of the RMAA sector in many developed societies, safety of RMAA works has begun to draw attention. Many RMAA contracting companies are small and medium-sizedenterprises (SMEs) which do not have comprehensive safety management systems. Existing safety legislation and regulations for new construction sites are not fully applicable to RMAA works. Instead of relying on explicit and well established safety systems, tacit safety knowledge plays an extremely important role in RMAA projects. To improve safety of RMAA works, safety knowledge should be better managed. However, safety knowledge is difficult to capture in RMAA works. This study aims to examine safety management practices of RMAA contracting companies to see how safety knowledge of RMAA projects is managed. Findings show that RMAA contracting companies undertaking large scale RMAA projects have more initiatives of safety management. Safety management of small scale RMAA works relies heavily on the motivation of site supervisors and self-regulation of workers. Better tacit knowledge management improves safety performance. To enhance safety capability of RMAA contracting companies, a knowledge sharing culture should be cultivated. The government should provide assistance to SMEs to implement proper safety management practices in small-sized projects. Potentials of applying computer software technology in RMAA projects to capture, store, and retrieve safety information should be explored. Employees should be motivated to share safety knowledge by giving proper recognition to those who are willing to share.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/5848
ISSN: 0742-597X
EISSN: 1943-5479
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000233
Rights: © ASCE
This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Structural Engineering. The open URL of the article: http://ascelibrary.org/doi/abs/10.1061/(ASCE)ME.1943-5479.0000233
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