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Borg, N, Scott-Young, C M, Naderpajouh, N and Borg, J (2023) Surviving adversity: personal and career resilience in the AEC industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 361–78.

Eames, M, Dixon, T, May, T and Hunt, M (2013) City futures: exploring urban retrofit and sustainable transitions. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 504-16.

Jones, P, Lannon, S and Patterson, J (2013) Retrofitting existing housing: how far, how much?. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 532-50.

Mahasuar, K (2023) COVID-19 and its impact on Indian construction industry: an event study approach. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 428–44.

Sherratt, F and Dainty, A (2023) The power of a pandemic: how Covid-19 should transform UK construction worker health, safety and wellbeing. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 379–86.

  • Type: Journal Article
  • Keywords: Health; human capital; safety; workers;
  • ISBN/ISSN: 0144-6193
  • URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2022.2104890
  • Abstract:
    The world will never be the same again, and neither will the UK construction industry. As one of the few sectors projected to bounce back rapidly from the pandemic, positive rhetoric abounds in the industry press, Government and quasi-governmental bodies about the opportunity that lies ahead to “Build Back Better”. Something else that could and more importantly should never be the same again is the health, safety and wellbeing (HSW) of the UK construction workforce. Pre-Covid-19, UK construction was neither a safe nor a healthy place to work, and transforming this situation is arguably the most important win our industry can secure from this situation. In this essay we argue that the pandemic and associated socio-economic crisis offers a unique, once-in-a-generation opportunity to bounce forward to a “new normal” of healthy, safe and hygienic construction operations, one where the worker’s psychological wellbeing shares the foreground with their physical welfare. This paradigm shift will require a radical redefinition of the matters of concern that shape construction practice, moving away from a focus on sites as the locus of production, to a focus on people. Moreover, we suggest that there is a concurrent obligation on the research community to support such a transition by using the pandemic as a new point of departure for shifting the safety discourse via more critical research approaches. These should question the axioms which currently define the ways in which projects are constituted and managed, and where production takes primacy over the workers that deliver it.

Styhre, A and Brorström, S (2023) Syndicated leadership in urban development projects: the case of the River City Gothenburg project. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 387–401.

Tweed, C (2013) Socio-technical issues in dwelling retrofit. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 551-62.

Uddin, S M J, Albert, A, Tamanna, M and Alsharef, A (2023) YouTube as a source of information: early coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic in the context of the construction industry. Construction Management and Economics, 41(05), 402–27.

Williams, K, Gupta, R, Hopkins, D, Gregg, M, Payne, C, Joynt, J L R, Smith, I and Bates-Brkljac, N (2013) Retrofitting England's suburbs to adapt to climate change. Building Research & Information, 41(05), 517-31.