Construction is one of the most dangerous sectors to work in; governments from various countries enact health and safety regulations to cultivate good health habits and impose stakeholders’ duties to ensure the work environment is safe. However, these regulations always impose penalties on the stakeholders of construction organizations in attaining their objectives. This chapter gives an overview of these regulations in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore and discusses the effectiveness of these penalties that Deterrence Theory underpins. In addition, alternative means to incentivize safety compliance at work from literature are discussed. Recommendations are then given for further research on incentivizing safety compliance in the construction sector. These include developing incentive and penalty provisions in construction contracts, revisiting the applicability of Deterrence Theory and reinforcing the link between safety incentives and compliance at construction sites.
- Safety compliance
- Construction health and safety
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Yiu, T.W. (2023). Means to Incentivize Safety Compliance at Work. In: Cheung, S.O., Zhu, L. (eds) Construction Incentivization. Digital Innovations in Architecture, Engineering and Construction. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28959-0_9
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