Site Safe Research

One of our goals is to ensure we're doing all we can to improve the health and safety outcomes of all those in the construction industry and wider sectors.   

We partner with various businesses and individuals regarding possible research projects including sector leaders, education providers, industry groups, and government entities who are also working to achieve good health and safety outcomes.   

If you would like to find out more and how we might work together, please send an email to with the following details:  

  • A short description of what your research topic is
  • The main objectives of completing the research 
  • Contact details
  • Any links to the survey or where to book an interview time 
  • What date, data collection will finish? 
  • What types of participants you may require including industry type, role, age, or ethnicity? 
  • What programme does this research contribute to? 
  • A list of survey or interview questions for Site Safe to validate  

Below are some research pieces we have assisted with that have been published and circulated in the industry. This page will be updated when new projects are completed. 




Gender-perceived workplace stressors by New Zealand construction professionals

This Massey University study found discrepancies in perception and response to work-related stressors between male and female professionals in the New Zealand construction industry. Females have higher qualifications but report less work experience and technical skills. They exhibit varied perceptions of stressors such as role conflict and gender discrimination. The study advocates for industry-wide initiatives to address gender imbalances, including equitable practices, parental leave, education, mentorship, and support for mental health.

Contact Details:

For research queries:

Dr Andries (Hennie) van Heerden – Senior Lecturer in Building Technology, Massey University     Phone: 09 213 6610                         

A Study of Major Stressors and Stress Reduction Strategies in Construction

The first piece of research under Site Safe and Massey University's Memorandum of Understanding investigates the origins of, and strategies to deal with, stress in the construction industry. 

Contact Details:

For research queries:

Dr Andries (Hennie) van Heerden – Senior Lecturer in Building Technology, Massey University

Email:    Phone: 09 213 6610

Dr Gregory Chawynski – Director of Engagement, Massey University School of Built Environment

Email:    Phone: 021 211 0206


Suicide in New Zealand’s Construction Industry Workforce: Factors Identified in Coronial Reports (2019)

The study analysed 300 coroners’ files of suicide in construction, between 2007 to 2017. It identifies who is most at risk and provides insight into the factors that can lead to suicide in the industry, to inform the development and implementation of suicide prevention initiatives.

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 Site Safe: Review of Training (Ihi Research, 2015)

A study conducted by Ihi Research, in consultation with industry leaders, that reviewed Site Safe’s suite of training products and services. It presented industry views and recommendations on how Site Safe could make its training programme fit for purpose.

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 Assessing the impact of Site Safe (NZIER, 2008)

An independent economic impact assessment study that examined and measured Site Safe’s impact on injury rates in the industries it operates. It concluded that Site Safe have had a positive impact on injury rates in the non-residential building construction industry.