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A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction

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School of Health Sciences, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia
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Received: 14 November 2017 / Revised: 19 January 2018 / Accepted: 6 February 2018 / Published: 10 February 2018
This study examines the available evidence of high reliability organisational (HRO) theory as a strategy to manage construction safety: (1) Background: High reliability organisations (HROs) have been under investigation by organisational scholars to understand how they function at an exceptionally high level with few or no accidents under challenging circumstances. The construction industry is a high risk industry and is also known for a high fatality rate around the world. This systematic review examines the available evidence of HROs as a strategy to manage construction safety; (2) Methods: A systematic review to summarise and critically appraise the literature on high reliability organisational theory, aimed at improving construction safety; (3) Results: Of 2724 articles found, fifteen studies met the inclusion criteria for qualitative synthesis and review. Six of the studies were from construction, four were from general HROs research, two were from health care, and three were from the aerospace, oil and gas, and nuclear industries; (4) Conclusion: Based on the available evidence, transferring the practices and principles of HROs to construction, the validation of proposed assessing tools and a consensus HRO definitions are the major issues identified. View Full-Text
Keywords: high reliability organisations; reliability; construction high reliability organisations; reliability; construction
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Enya, A.; Pillay, M.; Dempsey, S. A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction. Safety 2018, 4, 6. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety4010006

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Enya A, Pillay M, Dempsey S. A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction. Safety. 2018; 4(1):6. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety4010006

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Enya, Andrew, Manikam Pillay, and Shane Dempsey. 2018. "A Systematic Review on High Reliability Organisational Theory as a Safety Management Strategy in Construction" Safety 4, no. 1: 6. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety4010006

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