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Al-Bayati, A J, Abudayyeh, O, Fredericks, T and Butt, S E (2017) Reducing Fatality Rates of the Hispanic Workforce in the U.S. Construction Industry: Challenges and Strategies. Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 143(03).

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Hispanic workforce; Cultural differences; Active cultural difference; Labor and personnel issues;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0733-9364
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001269
  • Abstract:
    Recent government statistics have revealed a high rate of fatalities among Hispanic workers in the U.S. construction industry. This study investigates the root causes of this issue as well as the existing attempts to manage these causes effectively. Cultural barriers are one of the root causes that have not been fully explored. This detailed investigation expands into an exploration of cultural barriers and differences, variables that are directly attributable to construction site safety. A survey instrument was designed to evaluate the existence and influence of these differences at U.S. construction sites, and data were collected from construction supervisors across the United States. The results of the survey strongly suggest the existence of two differences: high power distance and collectivism cultural dimensions. Based on the survey results and feedback from construction supervisors, recommendations for best practices in workforce development that guides construction professionals and researchers are suggested.