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Violent behaviour on construction sites: Structural equation modelling of its impact on unsafe behaviour using partial least squares

Adinyira, Emmanuel; Manu, Patrick; Agyekum, Kofi; Mahamadu, Abdul Majeed; Olomolaiye, Paul Olaniyi

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Authors

Emmanuel Adinyira eadinyira.cap@knust.edu.gh

Kofi Agyekum

Abdul Mahamadu Abdul.Mahamadu@uwe.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer in Project Management in the Built Environment

Paul Olomolaiye Paul.Olomolaiye@uwe.ac.uk
Pro Vice-Chancellor Equalities and Civic Engagement



Abstract

Purpose: Work on construction sites involves individuals with diverse character, temperament,age, physical strength, culture, religion and experience level. A good number of these individuals are also alleged to involve themselves in substance and alcohol abuse due to the physically demanding nature of their work. These could promote the prevalence of violence on construction sites which could in turn affect safety on construction sites. However, there is a lack of empirical insight into the effect of violent behaviour and unsafe behaviour on construction sites. This study therefore pioneers an empirical inquiry into the relationship between violent behaviour and unsafe behaviour on construction sites. Design/methodology/approach: Seventeen violent behaviours and 15 unsafe behaviours were measured on 12 construction sites among 305 respondents using a structured questionnaire. A total of 207 valid questionnaire responses were collected from site workers. Partial least square–structural equation modelling (PLS-SEM) technique was used to examine the relationship between violent behaviour and unsafe behaviour. Findings: The results indicate that there is a significant positive relationship between violent behaviour and unsafe behaviour on construction sites. Originality/value: The findings from this study provide valuable insight into a less investigated dimension of the problem of construction site safety management. A focus on attitudinal issues such as how workers relate toward others and toward self should be an important consideration in safety improvement interventions on construction sites.

Citation

Adinyira, E., Manu, P., Agyekum, K., Mahamadu, A. M., & Olomolaiye, P. O. (2020). Violent behaviour on construction sites: Structural equation modelling of its impact on unsafe behaviour using partial least squares. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 27(10), 3363-3393. https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2019-0489

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jun 15, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 8, 2020
Publication Date Jul 8, 2020
Deposit Date Jun 28, 2020
Publicly Available Date Aug 9, 2020
Journal Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management
Print ISSN 0969-9988
Publisher Emerald
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 27
Issue 10
Pages 3363-3393
DOI https://doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-09-2019-0489
Keywords Construction site workers; Partial least squares; Structural equation modelling; Unsafe behaviour; Violent behaviour
Public URL https://uwe-repository.worktribe.com/output/6093037
Publisher URL https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/0969-9988#all

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