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The Risk-Taking Propensity of Construction Workers—An Application of Quasi-Expert Interview

Department of Systems Engineering and Engineering Management, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(10), 2250; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102250
Received: 14 September 2018 / Revised: 7 October 2018 / Accepted: 12 October 2018 / Published: 15 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Emerging Issues in Occupational Safety and Health)
High accident rates have been a complicated and persistent problem in the Hong Kong construction industry. This situation has stimulated this investigation into factors that influence the risk-taking propensity of construction workers. However, interviewing workers who had a bad experience is problematic because changes in attitude and perception may occur as a result of such an experience. Using quasi-expert interviews can reduce this problem. The objective of this study was to identify factors that influence the risk-taking propensity of construction workers. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 safety professionals all with accident inspection experience and six super-safe workers with no incident record for the past five years. Seven factors that affect the risk-taking propensity of construction workers were successfully identified. Each factor is thoughtfully discussed, and this study shows that quasi-expert interview is a pragmatic approach for deepening the understanding of risk-taking propensity among construction workers. Findings of this study will hopefully help and encourage further quantitative research on the risk-taking propensity of construction workers with different perspectives. View Full-Text
Keywords: construction safety; individual factor; organisational factor; quasi-expert interview; risk-taking propensity construction safety; individual factor; organisational factor; quasi-expert interview; risk-taking propensity
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Low, B.K.L.; Man, S.S.; Chan, A.H.S. The Risk-Taking Propensity of Construction Workers—An Application of Quasi-Expert Interview. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2250. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102250

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Low BKL, Man SS, Chan AHS. The Risk-Taking Propensity of Construction Workers—An Application of Quasi-Expert Interview. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(10):2250. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102250

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Low, Banus Kam Leung, Siu Shing Man, and Alan Hoi Shou Chan. 2018. "The Risk-Taking Propensity of Construction Workers—An Application of Quasi-Expert Interview" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 15, no. 10: 2250. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15102250

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