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The influence of religious consciousness on construction health and safety practices and performance

Umeokafor, N and Windapo, A (2019) The influence of religious consciousness on construction health and safety practices and performance. Journal of Construction in Developing Countries, 24 (1). pp. 23-47. ISSN 1823-6499

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The potential of religiousness to influence health and safety (H&S) practices and attitudes, which will in turn determine H & S performance, is an area that remains highly under-examined. Hence, using the Nigerian construction industry as a case study, this study evaluates the impact of religious consciousness on H&S practices, H&S attitudes and H&S performance, and explains how it is practiced to influence H&S. It also identifies, evaluates and explains the ways in which religion is instrumental in improving H&S. The study employs a mixed method research approach involving the use of survey questionnaires and interviews in collecting relevant data. The data collected was analysed thematically and using descriptive and inferential statistics including the Kendall's tau-b test. The findings show strong evidence of elements of religion, for example, the belief in the supernatural and religious underpinned activities in construction organisations. It also shows correlations between H&S lagging indicators, such as rituals, alteration of works and elements of religion, being afraid or respecting the supernatural. There is a correlation between the element of religion, membership of a religious organisation and the leading H&S indicators such as conducting H&S audit. Additionally, it emerged that elements of religion, such as observed belief in the supernatural, correlate with the attitudes of the contractors towards H&S such as ensuring the safety of the public and preserving the environment. Furthermore, a significant number of the respondents perceived that the promotion of H&S practices through religious underpinned teachings could be an effective way of improving H&S practices in Nigeria. This study is a first step in exploring the potentials of religiousness in H&S improvement. It is also beneficial to academics, policymakers and religious teachers, in promoting improved H&S performance on construction projects.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1202 Building
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Publisher: Penerbit Universiti Sains Malaysia
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2021 11:17
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 05:04
DOI or ID number: 10.21315/jcdc2019.24.1.2
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15440
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