A critical review of the effectiveness of safety measures in Hong Kong construction industry

Tracy N.Y. Choi, Wai Ming Chan

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Abstract

In Hong Kong, the construction industry is regarded as a high-risk industry. The Hong Kong SAR Government has launched different safety measures to improve the safety performance of the construction industry. It is obvious that both the accident rate and fatality rate have been decreased noticeably over the past decades. To maintain this constant downward trend of the accident and fatal rates, it is necessary and timely to review the effectiveness of these existing safety measures. The aims of this paper are to investigate and compare the five selected essential safety measures: (1) Performance Assessment Scoring System (PASS); (2) Pay for Safety Scheme (PFSS); (3) Independent Safety Auditing Scheme (ISAS); (4) Site Supervision Plan System (SSPS); and (5) Site Safety Cycle (SSC), which are currently introduced in the Hong Kong construction industry. The key features, together with the perceived benefits and potential difficulties during implementation, are illustrated and compared. It would be important but valuable to provide a critical review of the current application of these safety measures in construction for further improvement of site safety performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010
Pages339-352
Number of pages14
Volume1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2010
Event2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 1 Jun 20102 Jun 2010

Conference

Conference2nd International Postgraduate Conference on Infrastructure and Environment, IPCIE 2010
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period1/06/102/06/10

Keywords

  • Construction industry
  • Hong Kong
  • Safety measures
  • Safety performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Environmental Science(all)

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