National culture and safe work behaviour of construction workers in Pakistan

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Title National culture and safe work behaviour of construction workers in Pakistan
Author Mohamed, Sherif Ali Mohtady; Ali, Tauha Hussain; Tam, Vivian Wing Yan
Journal Name Safety Science
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier BV
Abstract It is widely accepted that unsafe behaviour is intrinsically linked to workplace accidents. A positive correlation exists between workers' safe behaviour and safety climate on construction sites. Construction workers' attitude towards safety is influenced by their perception of risk, management, safety rules and procedures. Pakistan, a developing country, is currently experiencing a strong growth in its construction activities. Unfortunately, the enforcement of safety regulations in Pakistan is not widespread. Indeed, some relevant regulations are both outdated and irrelevant to daily construction operations. This paper investigates local construction workers' behaviour, perception and attitude toward safety, and attempts to link the research findings to the influence of national culture. A three-part interview-based questionnaire survey has identified that the majority of workers have a good degree of risk awareness and self-rated competence. Additionally, workers' intentional behaviour was empirically explained by their attitudes towards their own and management's safety responsibilities, as well as their perception of the risk they are generally exposed to in their workplace. The paper also reveals that workers operating in a more collective and higher uncertainty avoidance environment, are more likely to have safety awareness and beliefs, which can exhibit safer on-site behaviour
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2008.01.003
Volume 47
Issue Number 1
Page from 29
Page to 35
ISSN 0925-7535
Date Accessioned 2009-11-25
Date Available 2010-06-29T06:44:07Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject PRE2009-Building Construction Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30421
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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