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Document ID (ISN)110809
CIS number 10-0372
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Hon C.K.H., Chan A.P.C., Wong F.K.W.
Title An analysis for the causes of accidents of repair, maintenance, alteration and addition works in Hong Kong
Bibliographic information Aug. 2010, Vol.48, No.7, p.894-901. 26 ref.
Abstract This study unveils causes of accidents in repair, maintenance, alteration and addition (RMAA) work. RMAA work is playing an increasingly important role in developed societies, including Hong Kong. Safety problems associated with RMAA work in Hong Kong has reached an alarming level. In view of rapid expansion of the RMAA sector and rising proportion of accidents in the construction industry, there is a pressing need to investigate causes of RMAA accidents. Structured interviews were conducted with RMAA contractors to explore causes of accidents in the RMAA sector. A two-round Delphi method with 13 safety experts was subsequently employed to verify the interview findings and rank the relative degree of importance for various causes of accidents. Accidents happen in RMAA work due to an intersection of reasons. One of the root causes of accidents is low safety awareness of RMAA workers; however, wider organizational and industrial factors are not negligible. This study sheds light on why accidents happen in the RMAA sector. Only when the factors leading to accidents are identified can effective measures be made.
Descriptors (primary) Hong Kong; construction sites; maintenance and repair; small enterprises; causes of accidents
Descriptors (secondary) risk awareness; questionnaire survey; analysis of accident causes
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Risk evaluation
Accident research
Accident investigation