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Incentive or deterrent: which encourages greater focus on health and safety in the Victorian construction industry?

Crosby, A. and Wood, Bevyn 2003, Incentive or deterrent: which encourages greater focus on health and safety in the Victorian construction industry?, Construction information quarterly, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 14-18.

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Title Incentive or deterrent: which encourages greater focus on health and safety in the Victorian construction industry?
Author(s) Crosby, A.
Wood, Bevyn
Journal name Construction information quarterly
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 14
End page 18
Publisher Chartered Institute of Building
Place of publication Ascot, England
Publication date 2003
ISSN 1469-4891
Keyword(s) incentive
deterrent
health and safety
Summary The Australian Government commissioned a Royal Commission into the building industry in Australia that reported to Parliament in August 2002. Volume 6 of this report, released in February 2003, discussed certain aspects in occupational health and safety in Australia and leaned toward deterrents as a means of achieving reform. This research defines both incentives and deterrents used to increase awareness of, and improve safety on, building sites in Victoria, a state of Australia. A pilot survey questionnaire was developed following a literature review and industry employer representatives were invited to participate. Industry awareness of Government incentive programmes was found to be low, with less than a quarter stating they read Government strategies. One fund that provides actual research monies into health and safety was known to very few of the respondents. Of the employers surveyed, the majority agreed that financial fines do act as a valid deterrent. Increases in worker compensation premiums were seen as the greatest deterrent due to the effect on company overheads and thus competitive tendering bids. Deterrent programmes were more readily acknowledged by employers as they had an element of self promotion with employers attempting to avoid their application.
Language eng
Field of Research 120201 Building Construction Management and Project Planning
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002202

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Architecture and Built Environment
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