Application of Q-methodology in studying construction stakeholders' perceptions of OSH risks - An introduction to the preliminary stage

Zhang, P, Lingard, H, Blismas, N, Wakefield, R and Kleiner, B 2013, 'Application of Q-methodology in studying construction stakeholders' perceptions of OSH risks - An introduction to the preliminary stage', in John V McCarthy AO, Stephen Kajewski, Karen Manley, Keith Hampson (ed.) Proceedings of the 19th Triennial CIB World Building Congress, Brisbane, Queensland, 5-9 May 2013, pp. 1-12.


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Title Application of Q-methodology in studying construction stakeholders' perceptions of OSH risks - An introduction to the preliminary stage
Author(s) Zhang, P
Lingard, H
Blismas, N
Wakefield, R
Kleiner, B
Year 2013
Conference name CIB World Building Congress 2013: Construction and Society
Conference location Brisbane, Queensland
Conference dates 5-9 May 2013
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 19th Triennial CIB World Building Congress
Editor(s) John V McCarthy AO, Stephen Kajewski, Karen Manley, Keith Hampson
Publisher Queensland University of Technology
Place of publication Brisbane, Queensland
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Abstract There is increasing recognition that many construction occupational health and safety (OSH) hazards arise as a result of activities in the planning and design stage. Improvement of construction OSH performance can be influenced by various stakeholder groups, not just the appointed construction contractor. It is important for stakeholder groups to take each other's perspective when considering OSH risks. However, different stakeholder groups may have different perceptions of OSH risk, leading to difficulty in establishing a common strategy to eliminate hazards and/or and reduce risk. This study aims to map the similarity/difference between stakeholder groups' OSH risk perceptions. An innovative Q-methodology is adopted for data collection. Q-methodology involves a number of procedures by which respondents sort a set of sample objects (known as a Q-set) into certain order, according to their subjective judgements. Photographs will be used as stimuli for the Q-sort in this study. This paper introduces the rationale of Q-methodology, and describes the process of developing and validating the Q-sort instrument for this construction application.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Keyword(s) Occupational health and safety
construction industry
design
stakeholders
Q-methodology
Copyright notice © 2013 Authors, Queensland University of Technology
ISBN 9780987554208
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