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Conference Paper: A relational approach to high reliability organising for construction project safety: a conceptual framework

TitleA relational approach to high reliability organising for construction project safety: a conceptual framework
Authors
KeywordsHealth and safety
High reliability organising
Human factor
Project management
Social capital
Issue Date2013
PublisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management.
Citation
The 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM 2013), Reading, UK., 2-4 September 2013. In Proceedings of the 29th ARCOM Conference, 2013, v. 1, p. 369-379 How to Cite?
AbstractIn Hong Kong, current safety management regimes in the construction industry are largely based on compliance, error detection and prevention, and safety climate intervention. While these approaches have improved construction project safety performance, significant limitations still exist. First, compliance and error detection/prevention approaches are based on rigid and ideal formulations of construction work processes. Second, safety climate interventionist approaches have a limitation of mixing psychological and human factors issues that are somehow detached from construction work contextual consideration. As a result, current safety management approaches are less effective in ensuring safety in construction operations which are emergent and dynamically complex. These situations require adaptive human inputs and interactions to ensure safety on projects that are grounded in the social capital among project team members. However, as social capital is a primordial feature of human interactions that is likely to lie dormant, its impact on safety performance is likely to be indirect and mediated by some organising processes such as high reliability organising (HRO) processes. Adopting the systems view of safety, we draw on these concepts to highlight the relational aspects in the management of construction project safety, and explain how these relational aspects can contribute to improving project safety. We accomplish these objectives by putting forth a conceptual framework and methodological suggestion.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191885
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dc.contributor.authorKoh, TYen_US
dc.contributor.authorTuuli, MMen_US
dc.contributor.authorRowlinson, Sen_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-10-15T07:31:31Z-
dc.date.available2013-10-15T07:31:31Z-
dc.date.issued2013en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 29th Annual Conference of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM 2013), Reading, UK., 2-4 September 2013. In Proceedings of the 29th ARCOM Conference, 2013, v. 1, p. 369-379en_US
dc.identifier.isbn9780955239076-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/191885-
dc.description.abstractIn Hong Kong, current safety management regimes in the construction industry are largely based on compliance, error detection and prevention, and safety climate intervention. While these approaches have improved construction project safety performance, significant limitations still exist. First, compliance and error detection/prevention approaches are based on rigid and ideal formulations of construction work processes. Second, safety climate interventionist approaches have a limitation of mixing psychological and human factors issues that are somehow detached from construction work contextual consideration. As a result, current safety management approaches are less effective in ensuring safety in construction operations which are emergent and dynamically complex. These situations require adaptive human inputs and interactions to ensure safety on projects that are grounded in the social capital among project team members. However, as social capital is a primordial feature of human interactions that is likely to lie dormant, its impact on safety performance is likely to be indirect and mediated by some organising processes such as high reliability organising (HRO) processes. Adopting the systems view of safety, we draw on these concepts to highlight the relational aspects in the management of construction project safety, and explain how these relational aspects can contribute to improving project safety. We accomplish these objectives by putting forth a conceptual framework and methodological suggestion.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherAssociation of Researchers in Construction Management.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofProceedings of the 29th ARCOM Conferenceen_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectHealth and safety-
dc.subjectHigh reliability organising-
dc.subjectHuman factor-
dc.subjectProject management-
dc.subjectSocial capital-
dc.titleA relational approach to high reliability organising for construction project safety: a conceptual frameworken_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailKoh, TY: tasykoh@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.emailRowlinson, S: hrecsmr@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityKoh, TY=rp01611en_US
dc.identifier.authorityRowlinson, S=rp01020en_US
dc.description.naturepostprint-
dc.identifier.hkuros216769en_US
dc.identifier.hkuros226497-
dc.identifier.volume1en_US
dc.identifier.spage369en_US
dc.identifier.epage379en_US
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdomen_US

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