Towards a better reliability of risk assessment : Development of a qualitative & quantitative risk evaluation model (Q 2REM) for different trades of construction works in Hong Kong

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-184
Journal / PublicationAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume48
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2012

Abstract

Since the safety professionals are the key decision makers dealing with project safety and risk assessment in the construction industry, their perceptions of safety risk would directly affect the reliability of risk assessment. The safety professionals generally tend to heavily rely on their own past experiences to make subjective decisions on risk assessment without systematic decision making. Indeed, understanding of the underlying principles of risk assessment is significant. In this study, the qualitative analysis on the safety professionals' beliefs of risk assessment and their perceptions towards risk assessment, including their recognitions of possible accident causes, the degree of differentiations on their perceptions of risk levels of different trades of works, recognitions of the occurrence of different types of accidents, and their inter-relationships with safety performance in terms of accident rates will be explored in the Stage 1. At the second stage, the deficiencies of the current general practice for risk assessment can be sorted out firstly. Based on the findings from Stage 1 and the historical accident data from 15 large-scaled construction projects in 3-year average, a risk evaluation model prioritizing the risk levels of different trades of works and which cause different types of site accident due to various accident causes will be developed quantitatively. With the suggested systematic accident recording techniques, this model can be implemented in the construction industry at both project level and organizational level. The model (Q 2REM) not only act as a useful supplementary guideline of risk assessment for the construction safety professionals, but also assists them to pinpoint the potential risks on site for the construction workers under respective trades of works through safety trainings and education. It, in turn, arouses their awareness on safety risk. As the Q 2REM can clearly show the potential accident causes leading to different types of accident by trade of works, it helps the concerned safety professionals and parties to plan effective accident prevention measures with reference to the priority of the risk levels. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

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  • Construction, Risk, Safety

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Towards a better reliability of risk assessment : Development of a qualitative & quantitative risk evaluation model (Q 2REM) for different trades of construction works in Hong Kong. / Fung, Ivan W.H.; Lo, Tommy Y.; Tung, Karen C.F.

In: Accident Analysis and Prevention, Vol. 48, 09.2012, p. 167-184.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal