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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(10), 935; doi:10.3390/ijerph13100935

Exploring Typical and Atypical Safety Climate Perceptions of Practitioners in the Repair, Maintenance, Minor Alteration and Addition (RMAA) Sector in Hong Kong

School of Civil Engineering and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology, Queensland 4000, Australia
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Academic Editors: Wen Yi and Albert P. C. Chan
Received: 23 July 2016 / Revised: 15 September 2016 / Accepted: 15 September 2016 / Published: 22 September 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Effecting a Safe and Healthy Environment in Construction)
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The safety of repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) work is an under-explored area. This study explored the typical and atypical safety climate perceptions of practitioners in the RMAA sector in Hong Kong, based on a self-administered questionnaire survey of 662 local practitioners in the industry. Profile analysis, via multidimensional scaling of the respondents’ scores of three safety climate scales, identified one typical perception: high in management commitment to occupational health and safety (OHS) and employee involvement, low in applicability for safety rules and regulations, and low in responsibility for OHS. The respondents were clustered into typical and atypical perception groups according to their safety climate scores’ match to the typical perception. A comparison of demographics between the two groups with logistic regression found that work level and direct employer significantly affect their classification. A multivariate analysis of variance of safety performance measures between the two groups indicated that the typical group had a significantly higher level of safety compliance than the atypical group, with no significant difference in safety participation or injury. The significance of this study lies in revealing the typical safety climate perception profile pattern of RMAA works and offering a new perspective of safety climate research. View Full-Text
Keywords: safety climate; profile analysis via multidimensional scaling; repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition safety climate; profile analysis via multidimensional scaling; repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition
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Hon, C.K.; Liu, Y. Exploring Typical and Atypical Safety Climate Perceptions of Practitioners in the Repair, Maintenance, Minor Alteration and Addition (RMAA) Sector in Hong Kong. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 935.

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