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Berg, J B, Thuesen, C, Ernstsen, S K and Jensen, P A (2021) Reconfiguring the construction value chain: analysing key sources of friction in the business model archetypes of AEC companies in strategic partnerships. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 533–48.

Crawford, R H and Pullen, S (2011) Life cycle water analysis of a residential building and its occupants. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 589–602.

Ershadi, M, Jefferies, M, Davis, P and Mojtahedi, M (2021) Project management offices in the construction industry: a literature review and qualitative synthesis of success variables. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 493–512.

Forster, A M, Carter, K, Banfill, P F G and Kayan, B (2011) Green maintenance for historic masonry buildings: an emerging concept. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 654–64.

Godoy-Shimizu, D, Armitage, P, Steemers, K and Chenvidyakarn, T (2011) Using Display Energy Certificates to quantify schools' energy consumption. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 535–52.

Jay, I and Bowen, P (2011) What residents value in low-cost housing schemes: some South African concepts. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 574–88.

Jensen, J S, Gottlieb, S C and Thuesen, C L (2011) Construction sector development: frames and governance responses. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 665–77.

Jeschke, K N, Waldorff, S B, Dyreborg, J, Kines, P and Ajslev, J Z N (2021) Complaining about occupational safety and health: a barrier for collaboration between managers and workers on construction sites. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 459–74.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Boundary work; manager-worker relation; negotiation; mechanisms; typology;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2021.1924388
  • Abstract:
    Collaborative safety practices between construction site managers and workers are considered essential in occupational safety and health (OSH). However, establishing joint OSH engagement between managers and workers is still a challenge. Little is known about how managers and workers’ “complaining” about OSH affects collective OSH action and the quality of manager-worker relations. Drawing on an understanding of complaining as “boundary work”, this study empirically analyses how managers and workers’ verbalisations either downplay (collaboration) or build (demarcation) boundaries. Interviews and observations between managers and workers were carried out on a construction project in Denmark to identify why and how complaining is used. A typology consisting of four “complaining” mechanisms was developed, highlighting their associated relational dynamics: (1) Shifting responsibility for advancing OSH, (2) Defending oneself against strained working conditions, (3) Dealing strategically with criticism, and (4) Blaming other occupational groups. Complaining about OSH as boundary work – both collaboration and demarcation – between managers and workers furthers professional fragmentation and conflicts OSH collaboration, yet it occurs in a “safe space” for professional disagreement. We suggest that these communicational aspects and associated relational dynamics should be an area of increased focus in order to promote managers and workers’ OSH collaboration.

Kordi, N E, Belayutham, S and Che Ibrahim, C K I (2021) Mapping of social sustainability attributes to stakeholders’ involvement in construction project life cycle. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 513–32.

Lucke, T and Beecham, S (2011) Field investigation of clogging in a permeable pavement system. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 603–15.

Pryke, S D, Zagkli, G and Kougia, I (2011) Resource provision ego-networks in small Greek construction firms. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 616–36.

Sigrid Nordby, A (2011) Carbon reductions and building regulations: the case of Norwegian mountain cabins. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 553–65.

Silva, A, Dias, J L, Gaspar, P L and de Brito, J (2011) Service life prediction models for exterior stone cladding. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 637–53.

Stafford, A (2011) Long-term monitoring and performance of ground source heat pumps. Building Research & Information, 39(06), 566–73.

Zhang, R P and Bowen, P (2021) Work-family role blurring and conflict among South African construction professionals. Construction Management and Economics, 39(06), 475–92.