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Design for safety implementation among design professionals in construction: The context of Palestine

Abueisheh, Qusai; Manu, Patrick; Mahamadu, Abdul-Majeed; Cheung, Clara


Qusai Abueisheh

Abdul Mahamadu
Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Built Environment

Clara Cheung


Design for safety (DfS), also known as prevention through design, is a prominent means for tackling work-related illnesses and injuries in construction. However, the available DfS studies in construction have paid very limited attention to developing countries. Consequently, there is limited insight into DfS implementation in many developing countries including Palestine. This study therefore investigates DfS implementation among design professionals in the Palestinian construction industry. A questionnaire survey was used to obtain data from design professionals and the data was analysed using inferential statistics (i.e. analysis of variance and t-test) and descriptive statistics. The results revealed that the extent of engagement in DfS practices among the design professionals is very low despite a high awareness and positive attitude towards the concept of DfS. Additionally, while there is a great interest in undertaking DfS training, the designers' participation in training is low. Additionally, awareness of DfS, DfS education and training, professional body affiliation, level of education, years of experience, and size of organisation were found to have limited association with the extent of engagement in DfS practices by the designers. These findings suggest the presence of DfS implementation barriers/challenges, which are undermining the implementation of DfS by the design professionals in Palestine. Collaborative efforts are required by the construction industry stakeholders to improve DfS implementation. Furthermore, the findings mirror the outcomes of similar studies in other developing countries and thus highlight an urgent need for additional studies within developing countries to ascertain the barriers/challenges to DfS implementation in those geographic contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 1, 2020
Journal Safety Science
Print ISSN 0925-7535
Electronic ISSN 1879-1042
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 128
Article Number 104742
APA6 Citation Abueisheh, Q., Manu, P., Mahamadu, A., & Cheung, C. (2020). Design for safety implementation among design professionals in construction: The context of Palestine. Safety Science, 128,
Keywords construction; design for safety; developing countries; Palestine; survey