Construction health and safety (H&S) performance improvement - a client-centred model

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dc.contributor.advisor Prof. Pretorius; Prof. Haupt en_US
dc.contributor.author Musonda, Innocent
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-16T07:21:21Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-16T07:21:21Z
dc.date.issued 2012-10-16
dc.date.submitted 2012-10-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/7853
dc.description D.Phil. en_US
dc.description.abstract Health and safety (H&S) is still a problem in the construction industry. Both locally in Southern Africa and internationally, the construction industry continues to lag behind other industries in terms of H&S performance. As a result, there has been a considerable amount of research and interest on H&S performance improvement. However, there seems to be little research of note focusing on the role and contribution of construction clients to H&S performance improvement. This research project investigated and modelled H&S performance on the role and contribution of clients to H&S. The primary aim of the research was to model how improved H&S performance could be achieved if clients and/or owners were involved. Literature was reviewed on the status of H&S performance in the construction industry, the significance of the industry and on the current trends in H&S performance improvement. Empirical data was collected through a Delphi study and through a field questionnaire survey. Analysis of results from the Delphi study was done with Microsoft Excel to output descriptive statistics. These descriptive statistics informed on whether the experts had reached consensus. Analysis of results from the field questionnaire was done with EQS version 6.1 and MPlus version 6.0. Both of these are structural equation modelling software. A conceptual client centred H&S performance improvement model was based on the theory developed from literature review findings and the Delphi study. The questionnaire survey was conducted for the purpose of validating the conceptual model. The questionnaire survey was conducted in Gaborone, Botswana and Johannesburg, South Africa. Respondents were asked to report on current construction projects that they were part of as a professional. Respondents were asked to indicate their assessment of client H&S culture, contractor, designer and project H&S performance. Results from the investigation pertained to three broad areas. The first results related to theory on H&S performance and performance improvement. Findings were that H&S performance improvement was unlikely if H&S culture was not improved. Further findings were that clients could provide the needed impetus to improve H&S performance. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Construction industry - Safety measures en_US
dc.subject Building - Safety measures en_US
dc.subject User-centered system design
dc.title Construction health and safety (H&S) performance improvement - a client-centred model en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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