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Factors affecting the psychological health of foreign workers in the Saudi construction industry

conference contribution
posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Haitham Alrasheed, Imriyas KamardeenImriyas Kamardeen
The Saudi construction industry is considered as the fastest growing and largest sector in the Gulf region with ongoing construction projects valued at US$475 billion. The booming construction sector in Saudi Arabia portrays a positive impression. However, the occupational health and safety (OHS) situation paints a different picture. Particularly, the psychological health of foreign workers is at a great risk due to the unfavourable work conditions they are faced with. The OHS related
studies conducted in this region so far have focused on technical, managerial and physical aspects of safety and have neglected the psychological health of foreign construction workers. This indicates
an urgent need for research into this area. Hence, this research explored what factors affect the psychological health of migrant workers in the Saudi construction industry. An interview survey with 30 experts from the Saudi construction industry and other relevance sectors were conducted. A thematic analysis of the data collected from the interviews identified several critical factors that affect the psychological health of foreign construction workers, including: low wage; delay of payment; withholding workers passports; mistreatments by supervisors; long shifts without breaks; lack of vacations; poor accommodations conditions; and disregard for mental health of workers. The study lays the foundation for establishing a mechanism to combat the factors that deteriorate
the psychological health of foreign workers in the Saudi construction industry.

History

Event

Building Economics and Management Research Unit. Symposium (3rd : 2014 : Colombo, Sri Lanka)

Series

Building Economics and Management Research Unit Symposium

Pagination

249 - 255

Publisher

Ceylon Institute of Builders

Location

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Place of publication

Colombo, Sri Lanka

Start date

2014-06-20

End date

2014-06-22

ISSN

2362-0919

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2014, Ceylon Institute of Builders - Sri Lanka

Editor/Contributor(s)

Y Sandanayake, N Fernando, G Karunasena

Title of proceedings

Sustainability and development in built environment: the way forward : Proceedings of the 3rd World Construction Symposium 2014

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