1st Edition

Construction Safety, Health and Well-being in the COVID-19 era

    386 Pages 35 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This edited book presents a significant and timely contribution to our understanding of a broad range of issues pertaining to COVID-19 and its relationship to occupational safety, health and well-being (OSHW) in the global construction industry.

    The editors first introduce the industry and its poor OSHW history before highlighting some of the broader impacts of the pandemic on the sector. The book is then divided into two sections. Section One focuses on the management of COVID-19 transmission risk. It captures insights, practices, technologies and lessons learned in relation to what has and is being done to prevent or mitigate the risk of COVID-19 transmission among the construction workforce. Construction Safety, Health and Well-being in the COVID-19 Era also details case studies, lessons and best practices for managing sites and workforces when infections inevitably do occur. Section Two brings together international chapters discussing the impacts of COVID-19 on the OSHW of the construction workforce both on and off-site, as well as the management of those impacts. Furthermore, this presents implications of the pandemic (at the short-, medium-, and long-term) for other performance measures of construction projects such as cost, schedule, quality and, most importantly, how the pursuit/non-pursuit of such performance measures have impacted/will impact the OSHW of construction workers and professionals in the industry.

    This book addresses the gap in literature by offering global perspectives on the OSHW impacts and implications of COVID-19 in the construction industry and will help its wide readership (including construction industry organisations, professionals, researchers, government bodies/policy makers and students) to understand a broad suite of issues pertaining to COVID-19 and its relationship to OSHW in construction.

    List of Contributors


    Chapter 1 Construction safety, health and well-being in the COVID-19 Era: An introduction

    Patrick Manu, Clara Cheung, Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo, Fidelis Emuze,

    Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, Bonaventura Hadikusumo and Saeed Reza Mohandes

    Section One: Management of COVID-19 transmission risk

    Chapter 2 The transmission of covid-19 in construction: A systematic review of findings from statistical and modelling techniques

    Ruifeng Cao, Clara Cheung, Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo, Patrick Manu, Chunxue Liu and Qingyao Qiao

    Chapter 3 Health and safety measures for managing the COVID-19 pandemic in the construction industry: A comparison study

    Albert P.C. Chan, Yang Yang, Janet Mayowa Nwaogu, Wen Yi and Junfeng Guan

    Chapter 4 Towards improving health management of construction projects during COVID-19 pandemic

    Amir Mahdiyar, Mojtaba Ashour, David Edwards and Saeed Reza Mohandes

    Chapter 5 An overview on the measures taken to tackle COVID-19 impacts on Nigerian construction sites: A case study of South-South geo-political zone

    Victor Nnannaya Okorie and Iruka Chijindu Anugwo

    Chapter 6 COVID-19 pandemic: challenges in practising new norms for construction workers

    Mohd Amizan bin Mohamed @ Arifin, Raja Muhamad Amir Hamzah bin Raja Mohd Azlan, Syahirah Intan binti Mohd Sheffie and Nazirah binti Mohd Apandi

    Chapter 7 Health and safety in the construction industry during COVID-19 pandemic: case study of Vietnam

    Hai Chien Pham, Hoai-Nghia Nguyen and Thi-Thanh-Mai Pham

    Chapter 8 Construction safety culture management during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Thanwadee Chinda

    Chapter 9 Policy assessment framework to measure the efficacy of mask-wearing arrangement during the COVID-19 outbreak: Case studies from Jakarta, Indonesia

    Seng Hansen, Ferdinand Fassa and Marcelino Danu Egardy

    Chapter 10 Construction sector in Indonesia: Occupational health and safety during the outbreak of COVID-19

    Harijanto Setiawan, Agustina Kiky Anggraini and Gumbert Maylda Pratama

    Section Two: Impact of COVID-19 on occupational safety, health and well-being (OSHW)

    Chapter 11 Individual and organisational support mechanisms to foster career resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Naomi Borg, Christina Scott-Young, Nader Naderpajouh and Jessica Borg

    Chapter 12 Assessing how pandemic lockdown upend construction work creed in Free State and Limpopo, South Africa

    Rose Matete and Fidelis Emuze

    Chapter 13 COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of mental health of migrants construction workers at TTDI Sentralis, Selangor, Malaysia

    Mohd Amizan bin Mohamed @ Arifin, Nur Izzati Sofia Binti Shuhaimi, Syahirah Intan binti Mohd Sheffie and Nazirah binti Mohd Apandi

    Chapter 14 COVID-19 and the Ghanaian construction industry: Current sate of impact and mitigation measures

    Kofi Agyekum, Emmanuel Adinyira, Anita Odame Adade-Boateng, Patrick Manu and Victoria Maame Afriyie Kumah

    Chapter 15 Developing resilient construction professionals in the COVID-19 era: Examining architecture students’ personality perspective

    Alime Sanlı and Pinar Irlayici Cakmak

    Chapter 16 Safety, health and wellbeing of construction workers in Nigeria - Opportunities and challenges associated with COVID-19 pandemic

    Haruna Musa Moda, Bello Mahmud Zailani, Mu’awiya Abubakar, Abdullahi Muhammad and Yahaya Makarfi Ibrahim

    Chapter 17 Construction site management during COVID-19 in Myanmar

    Aung Paing and Bonaventura Hadikusumo

    Section Three: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for construction project performance

    Chapter 18 Intricacies and lifeline for the construction industry amidst the coronavirus pandemic

    Samuel A. Adekunle, Clinton O. Aigbavboa, Obuks A. Ejohwomu, Babatunde Ogunbayo and Matthew Ikuabe

    Chapter 19 Assessment of COVID-19 control and prevention measures: Lessons learned at construction sites

    Mírian Caroline Farias Santos and Dayana Bastos Costa

    Chapter 20 COVID-19 & shock events in the AEC sector: Perspectives on mitigating measures

    Innocent Musonda, Adetayo Onososen, Thembani Moyo and Motheo Meta Tjebane

    Chapter 21 Implication of COVID-19 SOP compliance to project-based construction workers in Malaysia

    Siti Rashidah Mohd Nasir and Che Khairil Izam Che Ibrahim

    Chapter 22 Facing the impacts of COVID-19 in construction: the case of Chile

    Alfredo Serpell

    Chapter 23 Factors that led to an increase of building collapses during the COVID-19 lockdown period in the Greater Kampala metropolitan area, Uganda

    Henry Alinaitwe and Richard Irumba

    Chapter 24 A digital approach to health and safety management on-site: A silver lining of the COVID-19 pandemic

    Nikdokht Ghadiminia and Salman Saeidlou

    Chapter 25 Digitalisation differently: An inclusive digital twin model for climate risk management in major projects in the post-COVID era

    Andrea Y. Jia, Fidelis Emuze and John Smallwood



    Dr Patrick Manu is a Reader in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering at The University of Manchester. He has expertise in construction management research, especially in occupational safety and health (OSH). He co-led an international initiative in conjunction with Professor Fidelis Emuze, Professor Tarcisio Abreu Saurin, and Professor Bonaventura Hadikusumo, to publish the first edited book on construction health and safety in developing countries, which won the 2019 Taylor & Francis Outstanding Book and Digital Product Award within the best monograph in engineering category.

    Dr Clara Cheung is a project management professional (PMP) and Lecturer in Project Management in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering, The University of Manchester. She has expertise in construction management and organisational behaviour research, especially in occupational health, safety and well-being.

    Dr Akilu Yunusa-Kaltungo is a Senior Lecturer in Reliability and Maintenance Engineering in the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), The University of Manchester (UoM). He has research expertise in operational reliability, safety and health management, industrial maintenance and asset management. He has recently served as the principal investigator for industrial safety research projects funded by Lloyds Register Foundation (LRF) as well as the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

    Professor Fidelis Emuze is Professor and Head of the Department of Built Environment at the Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa. Construction research in lean construction, health and safety, supply chain management, and sustainability constitutes the main research interests of Professor Emuze. He is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C rated researcher who has published over 250 research outputs in the last eight years. Professor Emuze is the editor of Value and Waste in Lean Construction (published by Routledge), Valuing People in Construction (published by Routledge), and co-editor of Construction Health and Safety in Developing Countries (published by Routledge). He is the author of Construction Safety Pocketbook for South Africa (published by Sun Media).

    Professor Tarcisio Abreu Saurin is an Associate Professor at the Industrial Engineering Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). He has a PhD in Industrial Engineering (2002), a MS in Construction Management (1997), and a BS in Civil Engineering (1994). He was a visiting professor at the Australian Institute of Health Innovation at Macquarie University (2018), and at the University of Salford, UK (2012). His main research interests are related to the modelling and management of complex socio-technical systems, resilience engineering, safety management, lean production, and performance measurement.

    Professor Bonaventura Hadikusumo is a full professor in construction engineering and management at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand. He joined after his PhD from the University of Hong Kong in 2001. His teaching and research areas include construction safety and application/adoption of IT and simulation in construction engineering management.