Measuring safety effectiveness : literature review

Anon. (2007) Measuring safety effectiveness : literature review. [Review]


Cohen (1977) reviewed the then current research on occupational safety and stated that both strong company commitment to safety, and communication between all levels of a company are the most influential factors to improving safety. Other relevant factors included careful selection of staff, and early and continuous training throughout the lifetime with the company. These continue to be important factors in OHS today. There has been a continued decrease in the injury rates since Cohen’s review within the Australian construction industry, however, the construction industry has far more injuries and ill-health than the Australian average, with one fatality occurring on average per week in the Australian Construction Industry. The Fatality rate in the building and construction industry remains three times higher than the national average, and 15% of all industry fatalities are in the building and construction industry. In addition the construction industry pays one of the highest workers’ compensation premium rates – in 2001 alone approximately 0.5% ($267 million) of revenue would have to be allocated to the direct cost of 1998/99 compensations (Office of the Federal Safety Commissioner, 2006). Based on these statistics there is a need to measure and improve safety performance within the construction industry.

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Item Type: Review
Collection: CRC for Construction Innovation
Keywords: CRC for Construction Innovation; Extension Program; Project 2007-005-EP : Safety Effectiveness Indicators
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2014 03:14
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2014 03:20
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