Occupational safety and health management in the construction industry: a review

Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2018 Dec;24(4):493-506. doi: 10.1080/10803548.2017.1366129. Epub 2017 Sep 11.


The construction industry plays a significant role in contributing to the economy and development globally. During the process of construction, various hazards coupled with the unique nature of the industry contribute to high fatality rates. This review refers to previous published studies and related Malaysian legislation documents. Four main elements consisting of human, worksite, management and external elements which cause occupational accidents and illnesses were identified. External and management elements are the underlying causes contributing to occupational safety and health (OSH), while human and worksite elements are more apparent causes of occupational accidents and illnesses. An effective OSH management approach is required to contain all hazards at construction sites. An approach to OSH management constructed by elements of policy, process, personnel and incentive developed in previous work is explored. Changes to the sub-elements according to previous studies and the related Malaysian legislation are also covered in this review.

Keywords: construction fatalities; construction industry; construction safety; occupational accidents; safety management.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Accident Prevention / methods
  • Construction Industry / methods
  • Construction Industry / organization & administration*
  • Humans
  • Malaysia
  • Occupational Health*
  • Safety Management / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Safety Management / organization & administration*
  • Workplace