A brief essay on socio-cultural factors and building safety in the construction sector

Boateng, G 2019, 'A brief essay on socio-cultural factors and building safety in the construction sector', in Xianbo Zhao, Pushpitha Kalutara, Ronald Webber (ed.) Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference (AUBEA 2019), Noosa, Queensland, Australia, 6-8 November 2019, pp. 40-47.


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Collection: Conference Papers

Title A brief essay on socio-cultural factors and building safety in the construction sector
Author(s) Boateng, G
Year 2019
Conference name AUBEA 2019: Built to Thrive: creating buildings and cities that support individual well-being and community prosperity
Conference location Noosa, Queensland, Australia
Conference dates 6-8 November 2019
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 43rd Australasian University Building Educators Association Conference (AUBEA 2019)
Editor(s) Xianbo Zhao, Pushpitha Kalutara, Ronald Webber
Publisher Central Queensland University
Place of publication North Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Start page 40
End page 47
Total pages 8
Abstract Current level of knowledge on the impact of socio-cultural factors on building collapses in the construction sector is limited. Such phenomena are studied mainly as engineering problems. Encouragingly, today, there is a growing momentum towards a socio-cultural approach to safety in the sector. The approach, however, focuses only on health and safety management concerns in the context of physical construction. Little or no attention is given to accidents caused by built structures. This essay argues that the principles of health and safety in the construction sector apply to not only those who are engaged in work; they also apply to those who are placed at risk by work activities, including members of the public. Therefore, limiting the impact of socio-cultural factors on safety in the sector to only worker safety obscures the impact of the factors on another vantage area of safety in the sector: the dangers posed by completed structures such as buildings to public health. The essay argues that a sociocultural grounding for building safety/accidents in the construction sector is warranted. A socio-cultural approach to building collapse could be worthwhile, in complementing the engineering focal approach, for identifying pathways to avoidance.
Subjects Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Keyword(s) building accidents/collapse
construction safety
forensic structural engineering
social context
wider societal/socio-cultural factors
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