Understanding a contractor’s regional variations in safety performance

Qian Chen, Ruoyu Jin

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Contractors variations in safety performance could exist in the same contractor between regions and what causes these variations. This paper analyzes the safety performance of a general contractor branches across four states after implementation of a new safety management program. The research finds apparent differences in regional incident rates (IRs) and safety violation rates (SVRs), although the shared perceptions from workers and site management personnel about how the safety program is implemented (i.e., safety climate and culture) are generally consistent companywide. This research also discloses that regional IRs, SVRs, safety climate, and culture are uncorrelated in the long term (during the 17-month study period), but have some linear relationships over a short duration (during the 4-month survey period). The correlation analysis in this study does not find a significant influence of workers will provide useful insights to industry practitioners who aim to achieve good, consistent safety management and performance across regions.’ safety performance can vary widely in the construction industry. However, it has not been well recognized that’s regional offices. There is also a lack of understanding of the differences’s six major regional’ demographic characteristics and a few other potential influencing factors on regional safety performance. These findings
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-653
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Construction Engineering and Management
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2012


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