Construction safety for ethnic minorities in Hong Kong

Ping Chuen Chan, C.K.H. Hon, F.K.W. Wong, Chi Ho Michael Yam, Wai Ming Chan, H.B. Ku

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The construction industry of Hong Kong is experiencing an ageing problem and a labour shortage. To alleviate the shortage of construction workforce, the government has initiatives to assist ethnic minorities to join the construction industry. It is foreseeable that more people from the ethnic minorities will join the construction industry. The safety of workers from the ethnic minorities in construction has attracted growing research interest in many developed countries. Statistics show that workers from the ethnic minorities were nearly 30 percent more likely to have work-related injuries than local workers. However, in Hong Kong, official statistics on the safety of workers from the ethnic minorities are not available. This reflects the racial or ethnic insensitivity of the construction industry in Hong Kong. As the safety of ethnic minorities has not received the attention, this research seeking to contribute to efforts to improve the safety of workers from the ethnic minorities in the construction industry of Hong Kong is all the more urgent. This paper provides an initial report of a research project which focuses on improving the safety of ethnic minority construction workers. Qualitative and quantitative research methods applied in conducting the research are first discussed. Preliminary statistics of construction accidents involving ethnic minority construction workers will then be reported.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2012
EventCIB W099 International Conference -
Duration: 1 Jan 2012 → …


ConferenceCIB W099 International Conference
Period1/01/12 → …


  • Construction
  • Safety climate
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Hong Kong

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