Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers

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Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. / Aulin, Radhlinah; Ek, Åsa; Edling, Christofer.

10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. ed. / Irene Lill; Emlyn Witt. Vol. 2 Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. p. 419-426 (Emerald Reach Proceedings Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingPaper in conference proceeding

Harvard

Aulin, R, Ek, Å & Edling, C 2019, Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. in I Lill & E Witt (eds), 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. vol. 2, Emerald Reach Proceedings Series, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 419-426.

APA

Aulin, R., Ek, Å., & Edling, C. (2019). Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. In I. Lill, & E. Witt (Eds.), 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization (Vol. 2, pp. 419-426). (Emerald Reach Proceedings Series). Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

CBE

Aulin R, Ek Å, Edling C. 2019. Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. Lill I, Witt E, editors. In 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. pp. 419-426. (Emerald Reach Proceedings Series).

MLA

Aulin, Radhlinah, Åsa Ek, and Christofer Edling "Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers". and Lill, Irene Witt, Emlyn (editors). 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Emerald Reach Proceedings Series. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2019, 419-426.

Vancouver

Aulin R, Ek Å, Edling C. Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. In Lill I, Witt E, editors, 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. Vol. 2. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. 2019. p. 419-426. (Emerald Reach Proceedings Series).

Author

Aulin, Radhlinah ; Ek, Åsa ; Edling, Christofer. / Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers. 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization. editor / Irene Lill ; Emlyn Witt. Vol. 2 Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2019. pp. 419-426 (Emerald Reach Proceedings Series).

RIS

TY - GEN

T1 - Underlying Causes for Risk Taking Behaviour Among Construction Workers

AU - Aulin, Radhlinah

AU - Ek, Åsa

AU - Edling, Christofer

PY - 2019/4/26

Y1 - 2019/4/26

N2 - Purpose – This paper will examine the unsafe work practices that are plaguing the construction industry. Statistics show that four out of five of all workplace accidents are attributed to unsafe behaviour. Research studies have sought to understand worker self-protection. For example, it is difficult to make predictions of conditions that influenced worker’s behaviour to act unsafely or safely in a given work situation. It is evidentthere is a gap in the literature in this area of research, most notably failing to understand the underlying “why” factors. The aim of the study is to identify and examine the proximate set of contributing factors most likely to have an influence on workers’ decisions about participation in unsafe behaviour.Design/Methodology/Approach – To perform the study, questionnaires were adopted, and 225construction workers from 9 construction companies participated in the study.Findings – Results showed that both underlying organisational factors and individual factors could affect the risk aversion among construction workers. The paper also highlights measures to create a safe work environment to minimise unsafe behaviour among construction workers. Results from the study are important to help organisation to systematically plan for a good working environment.Research limitations – As the results were based only from the questionnaires, a deeper understanding behind the workers’ responses was not probed.Practical implications – Construction companies should work at several organisational levels at thesame time. It is necessary to include levels such as individual, group, workplace and management levels, thus taking a systemperspective on risk behaviour and safety.

AB - Purpose – This paper will examine the unsafe work practices that are plaguing the construction industry. Statistics show that four out of five of all workplace accidents are attributed to unsafe behaviour. Research studies have sought to understand worker self-protection. For example, it is difficult to make predictions of conditions that influenced worker’s behaviour to act unsafely or safely in a given work situation. It is evidentthere is a gap in the literature in this area of research, most notably failing to understand the underlying “why” factors. The aim of the study is to identify and examine the proximate set of contributing factors most likely to have an influence on workers’ decisions about participation in unsafe behaviour.Design/Methodology/Approach – To perform the study, questionnaires were adopted, and 225construction workers from 9 construction companies participated in the study.Findings – Results showed that both underlying organisational factors and individual factors could affect the risk aversion among construction workers. The paper also highlights measures to create a safe work environment to minimise unsafe behaviour among construction workers. Results from the study are important to help organisation to systematically plan for a good working environment.Research limitations – As the results were based only from the questionnaires, a deeper understanding behind the workers’ responses was not probed.Practical implications – Construction companies should work at several organisational levels at thesame time. It is necessary to include levels such as individual, group, workplace and management levels, thus taking a systemperspective on risk behaviour and safety.

KW - Risk taking

KW - Unsafe behaviour

KW - Construction workers

KW - Underlying causes

KW - Management

KW - Risk-taking behaviour

M3 - Paper in conference proceeding

VL - 2

T3 - Emerald Reach Proceedings Series

SP - 419

EP - 426

BT - 10th Nordic Conference on Construction Economics and Organization

A2 - Lill, Irene

A2 - Witt, Emlyn

PB - Emerald Group Publishing Limited

ER -