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Safety communication patterns in small work groups – a pilot study using social network analysis

Jin, Xiao-Hua, Villari-Kohlert, Ryan, Liu, Chunlu, Yang, Rebecca and Wu, Peng 2015, Safety communication patterns in small work groups – a pilot study using social network analysis, in CIB W78 2015: Proceedings of the 32nd International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Conference, Eindhoven University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, pp. 364-373.

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Title Safety communication patterns in small work groups – a pilot study using social network analysis
Author(s) Jin, Xiao-Hua
Villari-Kohlert, Ryan
Liu, Chunlu
Yang, Rebecca
Wu, Peng
Conference name CIB W78 Conference, International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (32nd : 2015 : Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
Conference location Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Conference dates 27-29 Oct. 2015
Title of proceedings CIB W78 2015: Proceedings of the 32nd International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction Conference
Editor(s) Beetz, J.
van Berlo, L.
Hartmann, T.
Amor, R.
Publication date 2015
Start page 364
End page 373
Total pages 10
Publisher Eindhoven University of Technology
Place of publication Eindhoven, The Netherlands
Keyword(s) social network analysis (SNA)
communication
safety
construction projects
Australia
Summary As a project based industry, construction is portrayed through the short term and transitory nature of the industry. This is one of the factors that have been correlated to the poor safety performance of the construction industry. An essential part of safety performance, however, is the effective safety communication between all parties on construction projects. The construction industry is highly regulated due to its high incidence of work-place accidents. This is especially true of smaller building companies/enterprises where the burden of compliance to safety regulations is most onerous. The majority of current research in this topic area has focused on identifying the high risk components or the causes of increased risks. The literature on safety communication network patterns and its relation to safety performance is nevertheless minimal. Thus, this study takes the opportunity to explore the safety communication issue by analyzing the communications patterns in small workgroups. In a pilot study, through surveys with construction crews that are contributing to active construction projects in Sydney, Australia, patterns of safety communications were identified using social network analysis (SNA). The findings, though preliminary, has identified safety communication network patterns under formal communications and toolbox talks may determine a small group’s safety performance.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2015, Eindhoven University of Technology
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081938

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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