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An evaluation of health and safety management in small construction enterprises in the United Kingdom

Reynolds, J.R., Tutesigensi, A. and Lindsell, D.J. (2008) An evaluation of health and safety management in small construction enterprises in the United Kingdom. In: Hinze, J., Bohner, S. and Lew, J., (eds.) Proceedings of CIB W99 14th Rinker International Conference. Evolution of and developments in construction safety and health. CIB W99 14th Rinker International Conference, 9-11 March, 2008, Gainesville, Florida, USA. , pp. 541-550. ISBN 978-0-9790854-1-3

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Abstract

The United Kingdom (UK) construction industry has one of the best safety records within the European Union, with fatalities and serious injuries being about one third of the European average. However, despite a number of recent initiatives, accidents still regularly occur on UK construction sites. A disproportionate number of fatalities occur in small construction enterprises employing fifteen operatives or less. In 2007, a survey of small construction enterprises in Southern England was carried out to identify factors which contribute to this relatively poor safety record. The survey was based on prior research which had identified three interrelated factors that influence health and safety (H&S) management: the individual’s competence and attitude; the job tasks and environment; and the organisational culture and leadership. It was found that project managers on small construction sites had limited knowledge of H&S requirements which often resulted in a poor or potentially dangerous work environment and a poor safety attitude within the workforce. It was concluded that increased awareness and training of project managers in small construction enterprises should be a priority for all who seek to improve H&S on construction sites.

Item Type: Proceedings Paper
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: http://www.cibworld.nl/site/home/index.html
Keywords: England, health, safety, small construction enterprises
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Engineering (Leeds) > School of Civil Engineering (Leeds)
Depositing User: Ms Caroline Wilson
Date Deposited: 01 May 2009 16:25
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:06
Published Version: http://www.irbdirekt.de/daten/iconda/CIB10245.pdf
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/8544

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