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

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2250-2260
Number of pages11
Journal / PublicationInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number10
Online published15 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2018



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.

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  • construction safety, individual factor, organisational factor, quasi-expert interview, risk-taking propensity

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