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Management support as a Critical Success Factor (CSF) for changing worker’s safety behaviour: a case of the Nigerian construction industry

Moda, Haruna ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3760-8357, Zailani, Bello Mahmud, Abubakar, Mu'awiya and Ibrahim, Yahaya Makarfi (2022) Management support as a Critical Success Factor (CSF) for changing worker’s safety behaviour: a case of the Nigerian construction industry. The International Journal of Construction Management. ISSN 1562-3599

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Abstract

Work-related deaths, injuries, and diseases are still prevalent among workers in the construction industry especially in developing countries due to due several factors that encourage poor safety practices on site. The study appraised workers perception of management engagement as a critical success factor for the improvement of Nigerian construction worker’s safety attitude using Nordic Occupational Safety Climate Questionnaire (NOSACQ-50). Findings from the study reveal small and medium scale firms dominate the industry, and a sizable number (20.4%) of the study participants are between 18-27 years of age with majority (74.7%) having work experience of 1-10 years. Management safety priority, commitment, and competence and management safety empowerment was found to have strong positive correlation (r =.739, n = 292, p <.001). However, management safety commitment disparity existed between management of public and private construction projects [F (1,391) = 12.04, p <.001]. To advance positive safety behaviour and attitude across the construction industry in Nigeria, management commitment should be prioritised, while further study on workplace safety measures and worker’s safety engagement should be considered.

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