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Construction safety practices and challenges in a Middle Eastern developing country

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dc.contributor.author Awwad, Rita
dc.contributor.author El Souki, Omar
dc.contributor.author Jabbour, Melanie
dc.date.accessioned 2016-10-10T12:01:51Z
dc.date.available 2016-10-10T12:01:51Z
dc.date.copyright 2016 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0925-7535 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/4553
dc.description.abstract The construction industry remains one of the most dangerous industries in the world accounting for a high percentage of work-related injuries and fatalities despite the establishment and implementation of safety programs in several developed countries. In developing countries where safety and health programs are still at their infancy or lack proper implementation, the situation is more critical. Lebanon, a small developing country in the Middle East region, has been witnessing a substantial growth in its construction market. However, achieving a safe work environment has been an ongoing challenge. This study aims at assessing current safety practices in the Lebanese construction industry through conducting one-to-one interviews with the different parties concerned including contractors, consultants, owners, insurance companies and governmental authorities. The study revealed the existence of construction labor safety law but the absence of its enforcement, the initiation of safety programs but the lack of any monitoring or follow-up, and a lack of safety education and commitment from all parties involved. The paper concludes with highlighting potential venues for enhancing safety awareness and adoption in Lebanon, which may be of insight to other developing countries in the region. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.title Construction safety practices and challenges in a Middle Eastern developing country en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.description.version Published en_US
dc.author.school SOE en_US
dc.author.idnumber 199906210 en_US
dc.author.department Civil Engineering en_US
dc.description.embargo N/A en_US
dc.relation.journal Safety Science en_US
dc.journal.volume 83 en_US
dc.article.pages 1-11 en_US
dc.keywords Construction safety en_US
dc.keywords Contractors en_US
dc.keywords Consultants en_US
dc.keywords Insurance companies en_US
dc.keywords Middle East en_US
dc.keywords Lebanon en_US
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2015.10.016 en_US
dc.identifier.ctation Awwad, R., El Souki, O., & Jabbour, M. (2016). Construction safety practices and challenges in a Middle Eastern developing country. Safety science, 83, 1-11. en_US
dc.author.email rita.awwad@lau.edu.lb en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/articles.php en_US
dc.identifier.url http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0925753515002775 en_US


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