Findings from a research study of construction safety in Hong Kong: Accidents related to fall of person from height

Kwan Wah Wong, Ping Chuen Chan, Chi Ho Michael Yam, Edmond Y.s. Wong, Kenny T.c. Tse, Kendra K.c. Yip, Esther Cheung

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Purpose – Falls continue to be the major cause of fatalities in the Hong Kong construction industry, as well as in other countries. Published statistics of the Labour Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) showed that from 2000 to 2004 approximately half of the fatal construction accidents were a result of fall of person from height. In view of this phenomenon, the purpose of this paper is to present the findings and recommendations of a research paper which investigates the problems associated with fall of person from height in the construction industry. Design/methodology/approach Accident data obtained from the Architectural Services Department, HKSAR, was analysed according to the 14 available factors collectively to derive explanations for common situations and reasons leading to fall accidents. Findings The findings of this rigorous analysis are presented to practitioners whose feedback on the findings are recorded by means of a questionnaire survey. The responses from the survey show that “reenforced safety training” and “equipments for working at height” are the adoptable methods to enhance the workers' safety performance. The paper shows that “poor safety attitude and behaviour of workers” is the main problem in obstructing the implementation of safety procedures and guidelines for construction sites. In addition, over half the respondents agree that “closer monitoring and supervision” and “higher standard of projects” is observed by public projects when compared to private projects. Originality/value The statistics analysed in this paper are limited to public sector projects only. However, the findings are still believed to be valuable for safety practitioners so that they can adopt the necessary measures to prevent fall from height accidents occurring in future projects.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)130-142
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Engineering, Design and Technology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2009


  • Construction industry
  • Hong Kong
  • Industrial accidents
  • Occupational health and safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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