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Lesson learnt from best practice experiences: a comparative study between Malaysia and Australia

Mahmud, Syamsul Hendra (2010) Lesson learnt from best practice experiences: a comparative study between Malaysia and Australia. In: International Conference On Construction Industry 2009, 30 th July -1st Aug. 2009, Padang, Indonesia. (Unpublished)



The construction industry has a reputation as one of the most dangerous industries because of its high rates of incidents, injuries and fatalities. Recently, many approaches have been adapted by construction companies but most of them were focused on physical working conditions adn safety management systems. An improvement to safety will only be achieved if all project stakeholders recognise the need to change their belief, attitude, commitment and behaviour to create a good safety culture. This paper presents a literature review to highlight the need for a culture change towards better construction safety. The paper then presents case studies on one Malaysian construction management company - IJM Corporation and one Australian construction company - Bovis lend Lease as strategies for developing good construction safety culture, which includes the objectives, strategies, context and implemantation process as wwell as lessons learned. It is concluded that it is crucially important do develop a good construction safety culture through changing the employees' belief, attitude, commitment and behaviour. Therefore construction safety managers need to adapt more holistic strategies which focus on not only improving physical working environment and employees' safety knowledge, but also on shaping employees' beliefs and attitude which lead to safe behaviour and ultimately healthy safety culture.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Conference Proceedings: International Conference on Construction Industry-2009 ; ISSN online : 2085-806X ; Published by Lembaga Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia - LIPI
Uncontrolled Keywords:construction, organization, occupational health and safety, culture, incidence, injury
Subjects:G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:9963
Deposited By: Khairul Bariah Misron
Deposited On:24 Jun 2010 04:57
Last Modified:06 Jul 2011 01:16

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