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Title: A study of building procurement process as a potential tool to enhance safety practice in the construction industry
Author: Sulaiman, K.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3489 2594
Awarding Body: University of Salford
Current Institution: University of Salford
Date of Award: 2008
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Building procurement involves many different parties and resources. It is very common that requires project participants involved to work within budget, on time and according to quality prescribed as well as they must work safely. Sadly, safety aspects have been insufficient and lacking in many construction projects around the globe. However, as time progresses, safety is now becoming the fundamental measure of project performance. Hence, this research is an exploratory and explanatory investigation of how to enhance the implementation of construction safety practice throughout procurement process. As we speak, improvement of safety in construction is not only treated as technical aspects, but also as an organisational and managerial aspect as well. Firstly, the premise of this research is to show that client leadership and commitment as well as project team integration within the whole procurement process will influence safety practice in the construction industry. Secondly, the context of this research is drawn on the underlying theories of building procurement and construction safety. Therefore, thirdly, the primary objective of this research is to study how the procurement process acts as a potential tool to enhance safety practice in the construction industry. A framework developed for this research was based on procurement systems and accident causation theories as well as the process protocol. The current theories of accident causation suggest that improved safety in construction must start since in the beginning of project procurement process while integrating client and project participants toward synergy to mitigate any factors undermining safety in downstream production level. A case study strategy in two different countries, the UK and Malaysia, was selected as this provided justification of how procurement and people involved practising safety. The case study objects were undertaken by design and built and traditional procurement method. Different level of safety maturity is the justification of the countries selected. It was also intended to investigate lessons learned from the UK safety practice that can be used to improve the Malaysian construction industry. Multiple sources of information, data and evidence from 2 of the UK cases and 2 of the Malaysian cases were investigated through semi-structured interviews and questionnaire surveys. In this research, three propositions were explored. The first is that improved procurement process, the client leadership for better safety policy in the procurement process and team integration throughout project procurement process can enhance health and safety practice. The findings are presented as data comparisons and analytical generalisations, from both intra case and cross case analyses as well as questionnaires. The main results show that procurement process with better client leadership and commitment as well as stronger project team integration can enhance safety practice in the construction industry. This research suggests that improving safety in construction is not only in the hand of construction companies but also any other project participants right from beginning of project procurement throughout project implementation. It is also suggested that Malaysia may take more attempts to persuade clients and client's project team to deal with safety issues seriously long before construction project commencing on site.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Built and Human Environment