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About the Speaker
Dr Carol Hon is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Carol obtained her Bachelor Degree from the University of Hong Kong, MPhil and PhD from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She is passionate about reducing construction accidents and improving health and safety. Her research with the Centre of Work Health and Safety of the New South Wales Government contributes to developing an innovative training program to reduce electrical risks for young construction workers in Australia. She was awarded a prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery for Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) for the project titled “Improving mental health and safety in the construction industry”. Before joining academia, Carol practiced in the industry as a Quantity Surveyor.
Many construction workers have poor mental health conditions. In Australia, construction workers died by suicide six times more than they were killed by accidents in construction sites. While there are many factors leading to suicide, a prolonged exposure to psychosocial hazards in the workplace adversely affects mental health of the construction workforce. Research on psychosocial hazards in the construction industry has been limited. To fill this gap, the Australian Research Council funded a project to better manage psychosocial hazards to improve mental health of the Australian construction workers. This presentation will highlight key findings of the project from the meta-analysis, interviews and Bayesian Network Model. It will provide recommendations for managing psychosocial hazards and reducing their impacts on mental health of the construction workers.