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Title: 'In the air' and below the horizon: migrant workers in UK construction and the practice based nature of learning and communicating OHS
Authors: Tutt, Dylan
Pink, Sarah
Dainty, Andrew R.J.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Keywords: Communication
Migrant workers
Occupational health and safety
Tacit skill
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: © Taylor and Francis
Citation: TUTT, D. ... et al, 2013. 'In the air' and below the horizon: migrant workers in UK construction and the practice based nature of learning and communicating OHS. Construction Management and Economics, 31 (6), pp. 515 - 527.
Abstract: Local, tacit and normally unspoken OHS (occupational health and safety) knowledge and practices can too easily be excluded from or remain below the industry horizon of notice, meaning that they remain unaccounted for in formal OHS policy and practice. In this article we stress the need to more systematically and routinely tap into these otherwise ‘hidden’ communication channels, which are central to how everyday safe working practices are achieved. To demonstrate this approach this paper will draw on our ethnographic research with a gang of migrant curtain wall installers on a large office development project in the north of England. In doing so we reflect on the practice-based nature of learning and sharing OHS knowledge through examples of how workers’ own patterns of successful communication help avoid health and safety problems. These understandings, we argue, can be advanced as a basis for the development of improved OHS measures, and of organizational knowing and learning.
Description: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Construction Mangement and Economics on 16/01/13, available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2012.756145
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2012.756145
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/14629
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01446193.2012.756145
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