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Unsafe Human Behavior at Construction Sites

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As the construction industry is one of the most dangerous ones, it is of great importance to understand the unsafe human behavior at construction sites. Over the past decades, construction stakeholders have made various efforts to improve construction safety from different perspectives, such as enacting safety-related laws and regulations and developing safety management systems. Despite these efforts, safety is still one of the challenges in the sector. As construction workers are the main causes to and the victims of accidents, the control of their unsafe behavior requires more attention. Nevertheless, this control process is never an easy task as their unsafe behavior shows various characteristics and is influenced by numerous factors. Therefore, the unsafe human behavior control is still the primary challenge in the construction safety management field. The mechanisms of unsafe human behavior at construction sites can be analyzed from the following aspects:
(1)Unsafe human behavior is affected by various factors (e.g., perception and cognition, emotion, stress and mental fatigue, social interactions), and the influences of these factors on unsafe behavior may be nonlinear.
(2)Unsafe human behavior is scenario-based, which mainly involves their attributes and objectives, environmental and realistic basis, and the interaction and game with other stakeholders.
(3)Unsafe human behavior has adaptive and dynamic evolution characteristics, and adaptability creates complexity. People can adjust their safety behavior related decisions through learning, imitation and attempting based on their attributes and external environment.

This Research Topic focuses on the influencing factors, complexity mechanism, dynamic evolution and adaptability, and preventive strategies of unsafe human behavior in the construction industry. Contributions on other important worker-safety domains, such as industry and agriculture machine workers, will also be considered. In addition to original research articles, we also welcome case studies, perspectives, hypothesis and theory articles, reviews, and methods as contributions to this Research Topic.

We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to:
• The factors affecting the unsafe behavior of construction workers, including the individual, organizational/managerial, industrial, and societal factors.
• The adaptive mechanism and complexity principle of unsafe human behavior at construction sites.
• The scenarios easily leading to the unsafe human behavior, and the causes of unsafe behavior.
• The influence of social interaction of agents on unsafe behavior.
• The coevolution between the social network of onsite personnel and unsafe worker behavior.
• The relationships between safety leadership, safety culture, and unsafe behavior.
• New approaches to measure unsafe human behavior and new techniques to manage, use and analyze data pertaining to unsafe behavior.
• The challenge of heterogeneity of construction personnel and the dynamic evolution to unsafe behavior control.
• Neuromanagement in engineering for unsafe human behavior.
• The preventive mechanism and strategies of unsafe behavior with situational adaptability.


Keywords: Unsafe human behavior, Construction sites, Perception and cognition, Social interactions, Adaptive mechanism


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

As the construction industry is one of the most dangerous ones, it is of great importance to understand the unsafe human behavior at construction sites. Over the past decades, construction stakeholders have made various efforts to improve construction safety from different perspectives, such as enacting safety-related laws and regulations and developing safety management systems. Despite these efforts, safety is still one of the challenges in the sector. As construction workers are the main causes to and the victims of accidents, the control of their unsafe behavior requires more attention. Nevertheless, this control process is never an easy task as their unsafe behavior shows various characteristics and is influenced by numerous factors. Therefore, the unsafe human behavior control is still the primary challenge in the construction safety management field. The mechanisms of unsafe human behavior at construction sites can be analyzed from the following aspects:
(1)Unsafe human behavior is affected by various factors (e.g., perception and cognition, emotion, stress and mental fatigue, social interactions), and the influences of these factors on unsafe behavior may be nonlinear.
(2)Unsafe human behavior is scenario-based, which mainly involves their attributes and objectives, environmental and realistic basis, and the interaction and game with other stakeholders.
(3)Unsafe human behavior has adaptive and dynamic evolution characteristics, and adaptability creates complexity. People can adjust their safety behavior related decisions through learning, imitation and attempting based on their attributes and external environment.

This Research Topic focuses on the influencing factors, complexity mechanism, dynamic evolution and adaptability, and preventive strategies of unsafe human behavior in the construction industry. Contributions on other important worker-safety domains, such as industry and agriculture machine workers, will also be considered. In addition to original research articles, we also welcome case studies, perspectives, hypothesis and theory articles, reviews, and methods as contributions to this Research Topic.

We welcome papers addressing, but not limited to:
• The factors affecting the unsafe behavior of construction workers, including the individual, organizational/managerial, industrial, and societal factors.
• The adaptive mechanism and complexity principle of unsafe human behavior at construction sites.
• The scenarios easily leading to the unsafe human behavior, and the causes of unsafe behavior.
• The influence of social interaction of agents on unsafe behavior.
• The coevolution between the social network of onsite personnel and unsafe worker behavior.
• The relationships between safety leadership, safety culture, and unsafe behavior.
• New approaches to measure unsafe human behavior and new techniques to manage, use and analyze data pertaining to unsafe behavior.
• The challenge of heterogeneity of construction personnel and the dynamic evolution to unsafe behavior control.
• Neuromanagement in engineering for unsafe human behavior.
• The preventive mechanism and strategies of unsafe behavior with situational adaptability.


Keywords: Unsafe human behavior, Construction sites, Perception and cognition, Social interactions, Adaptive mechanism


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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02 November 2021 Abstract
02 March 2022 Manuscript

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