1st Edition

Valuing People in Construction

Edited By Fidelis Emuze, John Smallwood Copyright 2018
    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    292 Pages
    by Routledge

    Valuing People in Construction provides contemporary perspectives on the ‘glue’ that binds the construction process together; people.

    The book addresses people issues in the construction industry where behavioural outcomes impact upon business and project performance. The main proposition of the book is that as people continue to lead the completion of construction activities, their health, safety, and well-being should be seen as a priority, and valued by stakeholders. As employers and employees, the role of people in construction must be to strive for the improvement of individual lives and society. This edited collection, which is the first book to focus specifically on placing value on people in construction, focuses on people at work, gender at work, conditions at work, and respect at work. In addition to an editorial overview, the book presents tested and refined empirical work and case studies by leading construction researchers from Africa, Australia, and Europe.

    Essential reading for researchers, students and professionals interested in construction management, the sociology of construction, HRM in construction, gender, work and health studies.


    Chapter 1: People in Construction: Who They Are, Why We Need Them, How to Treat Them

    Fidelis Emuze, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa

    Part 1 People at Work

    Chapter 2: Developing Health and Safety Competence for People in Construction

    David Oloke, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

    Chapter 3: Impact of the Ageing Workforce on the Construction Industry in Australia

    Alpana Sivam, Sadasivam Karuppannan, and Nicholas Chileshe, School of Natural and Built Environments, University of South Australia, Australia

    Chapter 4: Health and Safety Implications of Skills Supply in Construction

    Geraldine John Kikwasi, and Sarah Phoya, Ardhi University, Tanzania

    Part 2 Gender at Work

    Chapter 5: No More Softly, Softly: Women in the Construction Workforce

    Linda Clarke, Elisabeth Michielsens, Sylvia Snijders, and Christine Wall, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

    Chapter 6: Women in the Construction Industry: Still the Outsiders

    Glenda Strachan, Griffith University, Australia

    Erica French, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

    Chapter 7: Women in African Construction

    Karen le Jeune, and Jane English, University of Cape Town, South Africa

    Chapter 8: A New Approach to Studying Gender in Construction

    Martin Loosemore, Louise Chappell, Abigail Powell, and Natalie Galea, University of New South Wales, Australia, Andrew Dainty, Loughborough University, United Kingdom

    Part 3 Conditions at Work

    Chapter 9: The Degree of Health-and-Safety Risk Associated with Construction Project Features

    Patrick Manu, University of the West of England, United Kingdom

    Chapter 10: The Relationship between Occupational and Behavioural Health Risks

    Helen Lingard, Michelle Turner, and Sara Charlesworth, RMIT University, Australia

    Chapter 11: The work-life experiences of civil engineers

    Valerie Francis, University of Melbourne, Australia

    Chapter 12: Drivers of Construction Job Insecurity in South Africa

    Clinton Aigbavboa, and Lerato Mathebula, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

    Part 4 Respect at Work

    Chapter 13: From "Respect for People" to "Not Elsewhere Classified": Examining What Classifications Tell Us about How We Value Labour in Construction, Paul W Chan, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, Steve McCabe, Birmingham City University, United Kingdom

    Chapter 14: The Commodification of Worker Health, Safety and Well-being: CSR in Practice

    Fred Sherratt, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom

    Chapter 15: Showing Consideration for People in Construction

    John Smallwood, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, South Africa

    Fidelis Emuze, Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa


    Fidelis Emuze is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Built Environment, and Head of the Unit for Lean Construction and Sustainability at the Central University of Technology, Free State, South Africa. Lean construction, health, safety, and well-being and sustainability constitutes the primary research interest of Dr Emuze, who is a member of the Association of Researchers in Construction Management and the Lean Construction Institute. Dr Emuze is the Coordinator of CIB TG59 - People in Construction task group. 

    John Smallwood is Professor of Construction Management at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Both his MSc and his Ph.D. (Construction Management) addressed health and safety (H&S). He is a National Research Foundation rated researcher specialising in construction related issues such as H&S, ergonomics, and health and wellbeing. Dr Smallwood is the immediate past Coordinator of CIB TG59 - People in Construction task group.