Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard undertakes industry-based research into occupational health and safety and the health and work-life balance of construction workers.
Helen Lingard is Professor of Construction Work Health and Safety in the School of Property, Construction and Project Management and RMIT Distinguished Professor. She is Director of the Construction Work Health and Safety @ RMIT Research Group. Helen has published and presented in a wide variety of academic and industry outlets. She has led policy reviews and investigations (on behalf of numerous government and industry organisations) in the areas of construction work health, safety, wellbeing, work hours and work-family interaction. Helen’s work has been funded by SafeWork Australia, SafeWork New South Wales, WorkSafe Victoria, Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, WorkSafe ACT, The Major Transport Infrastructure Authority (Victoria), Sydney Metro, the Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (USA), the Australian Constructors Association, Lendlease, the John Holland Group, and CodeSafe Solutions.
In 2017 Helen was appointed to the Research Foundation of the New South Wales Government Centre for Work Health and Safety Director. She is a member of the editorial board of Construction Management and Economics.
Helen is currently a member of a Construction Industry Culture Taskforce (CICT). The CICT is a collaboration between the NSW and Victorian public sectors and leaders from industry and academia. Its purpose is to create the impetus to make fundamental changes to the culture of Australian construction and infrastructure sectors.
Helen’s research interests focus on the health, safety and wellness of workers in the construction industry. This work focuses on work design, organisational and industry level challenges. For example, Helen has undertaken extensive work examining the role played by clients in the construction industry in the procurement of safe and healthy construction work.
Helen has been the lead Chief Investigator in four Australian Research Council Linkage Projects and one Discovery Project. She has also been co-Chief Investigator in two other Linkage Projects. These projects have focused on:
- the frontline supervisors’ role in work health and safety in construction projects,
- how to implement safety in design in complex construction projects,
- clients’ ability to influence work health and safety in their commercial relationships with contractors and suppliers, and
- work hours, work-family interaction and health in project-based construction work.
Helen’s work, funded by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship grant, culminated in the publication of a book titled ‘Integrating Work Health and Safety into Construction Project Management.’
Other recent projects have included:
- A review of crane safety incident causation (SafeWork NSW)
- A work health and safety benchmarking survey and industry culture analysis (SafeWork ACT)
- A study of work-related musculoskeletal injury prevention in high risk construction tasks (WorkSafe Victoria and the Major Transport Infrastructure Program, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victorian State Government)
- An evaluation of the impact of health promotion interventions in the Queensland construction industry (Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and Lendlease Foundation).
Helen is also collaborating with colleagues from The University of Melbourne, The University of New South Wales, Newcastle University and Deakin University in a National Health and Medical Research Council funded project titled ‘MatesMonitor: Evaluating suicide prevention in the construction industry.’
Doctor of Philosophy in construction health and safety, The University of Hong Kong, 1995
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in politics, The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK, 1990
- Distinguished Professor, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University. (2016–2015)
- Professor, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University (2009–present)
- Associate Professor, School of Property, Construction and Project Management, RMIT University (2005–2008)
- Principal OHS Consultant, ARK Consulting Group Pty Ltd. Occupational health and safety and risk management consulting (2003–2005)
- Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne (2003)
- Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning, The University of Melbourne (1999–2002)
- Lecturer, Department of Building and Construction Economics, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. (1996–1998)
- Senior OHS Consultant, Zeal Consulting Pty Ltd. (1997–1998)
- Area Occupational Health and Safety Advisor, Costain Building and Civil Engineering Ltd, Hong Kong (1995–1996)
- Researcher/Senior Researcher, Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Surveying, The University of Hong Kong (1990–1994)
- Consultant to the Hong Kong Government Housing Authority and Public Works Branch (1992–1995)
- Lingard, H.,Cooke, T.,Zelic, G.,Harley, J. (2021). A qualitative analysis of crane safety incident causation in the Australian construction industry In: Safety Science, 133, 1 - 11
- Lingard, H.,Turner, M. (2021). (In Press) Exploring the relationship between bodily pain and work-life balance among manual/non-managerial construction workers In: Community, Work & Family, , 1 - 18
- Yang, J.,Gunarathna, C.,McDermott, V.,Lingard, H.,Zhao, H.,Liu, C. (2020). Opportunities for improving construction health and safety using real-time H&S management innovations: A socio-technical-economic perspective In: International Journal of Construction Management, 20, 534 - 554
- Lingard, H.,Oswald, D. (2020). Safety at the frontline: The social negotiation of work and safety at the principal contractor-subcontractor interface In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146, 1 - 11
- Shooshtarian, S.,Lingard, H.,Wong, P. (2020). Using the cost of construction work to trigger legislative duties for WHS: the Australian experience In: Built Environment Project and Asset Management, 10, 369 - 387
- Zhang, P.,Lingard, H.,Oswald, D. (2020). Impact of Supervisory Safety Communication on Safety Climate and Behavior in Construction Workgroups In: Journal of Construction Engineering and Management, 146, 1 - 11
- Lingard, H.,Wakefield, R.,Walker, D. (2020). The client�s role in promoting work health and safety in construction projects: balancing contracts and relationships to effect change In: Construction Management and Economics, 38, 993 - 1008
- Turner, M.,Lingard, H. (2020). Examining the interaction between bodily pain and mental health of construction workers In: Construction Management and Economics, 38, 1009 - 1023
- Pirzadeh, P.,Lingard, H.,Blismas, N. (2020). Effective communication in the context of safe design decision making In: Safety Science, 131, 1 - 14
- Pirzadeh, P.,Lingard, H.,Blismas, N. (2020). A Multilevel Socio-Technical Perspective on Work Health and Safety Related Design Decision Making In: Proceedings of the 36th Annual ARCOM Conference (ARCOM 2020), Leeds, United Kingdom, 7-8 September 2020
- Work-ability: Exploring the interaction between bodily pain and mental health. Funded by: Chartered Institute of Building Jenkins Legacy Research Fund 2016 from (2017 to 2019)
- MatesMonitor: Evaluating suicide prevention in the construction industry (Administered by The University of Melbourne). Funded by: NHMRC Partnership Project Grant via other University from (2017 to 2020)
- WHS Knowledge of evaluated CodeSafe. Funded by: CodeSafe Solutions Pty Ltd Contract from (2014 to 2015)
- Safe and healthy construction: The influence of clients in driving improvement through construction procurement and project management practices. Funded by: ARC Linkage Grant pre-2014 Round 2 from (2013 to 2017)
- An experimental evaluation of the usefulness of computer-supported argumentation to improve occupational health and safety in construction design. Funded by: ARC Linkage Project 2012 Round 1 from (2012 to 2016)
3 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions