A Study Investigating How the Characteristics of High Reliability Organisations Can Be Measured in the Construction Industry in Australia

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Nov 9;17(21):8273. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17218273.


Construction activities involve a lot of risk as workers are exposed to a wide range of job hazards, such as working at height, moving vehicles, toxic substances, and confined spaces. The hazards related to a construction project are mostly unpredictable because construction projects move quickly due to project deadlines, and changing work environments. As a result of this, the industry accounts for one of the highest numbers of work-related claims, and the fourth highest incidence rate of serious claims in Australia. This research investigates how key safety management factors can measure the characteristics of high reliability organisations (HROs) in the construction industry in New South Wales Australia. To address the problem, a model is presented that can predict characteristics of HRO in construction (CHC). Using structural equation modeling (SEM), and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), the model and measurement instruments are tested and validated from data collected from construction workers. The results identified the factors that effectively measure CHC, and the findings can also be used as a safety management strategy and will contribute to the body of knowledge in research.

Keywords: collective mindfulness; construction industry; high reliability organisation; safety.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Australia
  • Construction Industry*
  • High Reliability Organizations
  • Humans
  • New South Wales
  • Occupational Health*
  • Reproducibility of Results