Real Estate and Construction
Research Centre: Healthy High Density Cities Lab
Active Dates: September 2014 - on-going
Principal Investigator: Steve ROWLINSON
Funding body: GRF
Since 2005 the rapid decline in the accident rate on Hong Kong construction sites stopped and has plateaued at 55 accidents per 1000 workers per annum. There has been no shortage of site safety initiatives but it appears that the effectiveness of the initiatives is reducing.
The questions addressed by this research are;
Results so far include the finding that street trees have a measurable effect on distance walked for commuting and on the decision to walk/not walk; and that large parks tend to have a depressing effect on distance walked and the walk/not-walk decision in commuting.
Tangible change has taken place in procedures and systems in place on Hong Kong construction sites but intangibles, such as safety climate and cultural values have not changed. This research has revealed the impact of safety climate, risk taking propensity and cultural dissonance on the effective working of safety management systems in the construction industry.