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Title: Strategies for improving safety performance of repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) works
Authors: Hon, Ka Hung
Chan, Albert P. C.
Chan, Daniel W. M.
Subjects: China
Construction engineering works
Hong Kong
Maintenance programmes
Repair and maintenance
Safety performance
Safety strategies
Issue Date: Oct-2011
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Source: Facilities, 2011, v. 29, no. 13/14, p. 591-610.
Abstract: Purpose – Managing and maintaining infrastructure assets are one of the indispensible tasks for many government agencies to preserve the nations' economic viability and social welfare. To reduce the expenditures over the life-cycle of an infrastructure asset and extend the period for which the asset performs effectively, proper repair and maintenance are essential. While repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) sector is expanding in many developed cities, occurrences of fatalities and injuries in this sector are also soaring. The purposes of this paper are to identify and then evaluate the various strategies for improving the safety performance of RMAA works.
Design/methodology/approach – Semi-structured interviews and two rounds of Delphi survey were conducted for data collection.
Findings – Raising safety awareness of RMAA workers and selecting contractors with a good record of safety performance are the two most important strategies to improve the safety performance in this sector. Technology innovations and a pay-for-safety scheme are regarded as the two least important strategies.
Originality/value – The paper highlights possible ways to enhance safety of the rather under-explored RMAA sector in the construction industry.
Rights: Facilities © 2010 Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1108/02632771111178391
ISSN: 0263-2772
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