A study of the perception of professional engineers on construction safety in Hong Kong

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A study of the perception of professional engineers on construction safety in Hong Kong


Author: Kwok, Wing-keung
Title: A study of the perception of professional engineers on construction safety in Hong Kong
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1996
Subject: Building -- Safety measures -- China -- Hong Kong
Civil engineers -- China -- Hong Kong
Hong Kong Polytechnic University -- Dissertations
Department: Multi-disciplinary Studies
Pages: v, 102 p. : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
OneSearch: https://www.lib.polyu.edu.hk/bib/b1234745
URI: http://theses.lib.polyu.edu.hk/handle/200/3733
Abstract: This study examined the attitude and behaviour of the local engineers in view of construction safety. The aim of the study was to understand what safety education they received, their perception on causes and responsibility of site accidents. In addition, suggestions to improve construction safety were expected from these construction experts. A survey was carried out in 1995 summer, 92 subjects responded. In the survey, I gathered many engineers' comments on the existing safety ordinance and associated regulations. They had also expressed technical view points as well as management view points on construction safety. The survey was in the form of a questionnaire which included wide range of questions on perception of professional engineers on construction safety. The results were analysed with respect to their position and organisation backgrounds. From the findings, the young engineers could have better chances to receive safety training than their senior members in the construction industry. It was note that those working in Government departments had attended more safety training courses than those working in private firms. Government departments had operated in-house safety training programmes for their staff most. It was found that about half of the subjects were not familiar with the local Construction Site (Safety) Regulations. However, most of them agreed that the safety personnels on site should have substantial knowledge on construction technology. On the other hand, the respondents had consensus that management should take responsibility on construction safety and more resources should be imposed to safeguard safety on site. The construction professionals realised that safety culture had to be built across all levels, it would be imminent to enhance safety education. I thereon recommended corresponding safety training programmes for the practising construction engineers and students to meet the ongoing needs of the industry. Lastly, I reviewed some limitations and shortcomings of the project such as insufficient responses from the senior management levels and developers.

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