Perceptions on safety climate: A case study in the Omani construction industry

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Umar, T and Egbu, C (2018). Perceptions on safety climate: A case study in the Omani construction industry. Proceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law. 171 (6), pp. 251-263.
AuthorsUmar, T and Egbu, C
Abstract

© 2018 ICE Publishing. All rights reserved. Generally, a mature safety climate and a rich safety culture contribute to achieving a safe workplace. The purpose of this paper is to examine the understanding of using safety climate and to make explicit some of the main elements that have a greater impact in the construction industry in Oman. Relevant safety climate factors from literature have been identified using specific search criteria, which resulted in 62 factors spanning over a period of 37 years from 1980 to 2017. The results of face-to-face interviews with construction professionals from chosen construction companies in Oman that show a high level of safety performance are also presented. The result shows that management commitment; alignment and integration of safety as a value; accountability across the board; supervisory management; empowerment and involvement of workers; improvement of communication; and training and education are some of the main elements that significantly affect safety climate in Oman. The common safety climate factors reported in this research are based on the views of selected interviewees working in the construction industry in Oman. It is suggested that these factors may be validated further considering views of other members of the construction team, before being used for safety climate assessment.

Year2018
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Management, Procurement and Law
Journal citation171 (6), pp. 251-263
ISSN1751-4304
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1680/jmapl.18.00001
Web address (URL)https://www.icevirtuallibrary.com/doi/full/10.1680/jmapl.18.00001
Publication dates
Print07 Jun 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited10 Apr 2019
Accepted18 Apr 2018
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY-NC 4.0
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