Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224071
Title: SAFETY CULTURE OF MIGRANT WORKERS FROM DIFFERING NATIONALITIES
Authors: TING WEN HUI
Keywords: Safety
Safety Culture
Migrant Workers
Hofstede National Culture Dimensions
Nationality
Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Ling Yean Yng Florence
2016/2017 PFM
Issue Date: 30-May-2017
Citation: TING WEN HUI (2017-05-30). SAFETY CULTURE OF MIGRANT WORKERS FROM DIFFERING NATIONALITIES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: To curb with labour shortages in Singapore, the employment of migrant workers from other nations are inevitable. The dynamics of the construction industry is therefore multi-cultural as the cultural traits in individuals travel with them. Their diversified traditions, language, work attitudes and habits therefore bring about differing work culture, affecting safety on-site with diverging behaviour from each situation. The aim of this study is to investigate the safety attitude of migrant workers of different nationalities, and identify the main factors leading to their differing safety attitudes. Hofstede’s (1980) framework on cultural dimensions and other cultural factors underpin the study. Based on the findings, recommendations to contractors and the government are made. The research method is based on a survey. The questionnaire was pre-tested prior to industry-wide survey. Invitations were randomly sent out to firms under the BCA Directory of Registered Contractors and Licensed Builders, via electronic mails. Data were collected from firms who indicated their interest to be a part of this research. Nationalities of workers involved in the study include Bangladeshis, Chinese, Indians and Thais. Findings revealed that out of the 4 nationalities involved, Thais portrayed the most favourable safety attitude. Factors which affect their safety performance on-site are: Nationality, Kinship, Job Satisfaction, Communications, Religious Beliefs, Individualism, Power Distance, Masculinity, Uncertainty Avoidance and Long-term Orientation. When managing migrant workers in the construction industry, the study found that their cultural traits cannot be set apart from their behaviour, and different nationalities may react differently to a similar situation on-site. Cultural differences thus have to be considered in order to achieve effective safety management of migrant workers on-site.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/224071
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