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Benchmarking occupational health and safety performance of Australian construction companies.

Mills, Anthony 2008, Benchmarking occupational health and safety performance of Australian construction companies., in PAQS 2008 : Proceedings of the 12th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress : Construction in Challenging Environments, [The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors], [Edmonton, Canada].

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Title Benchmarking occupational health and safety performance of Australian construction companies.
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Conference name Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress (12th : 2008 : Edmonton, Canada)
Conference location Edmonton, Canada
Conference dates 14-18 June 2008
Title of proceedings PAQS 2008 : Proceedings of the 12th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress : Construction in Challenging Environments
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress
Publisher [The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors]
Place of publication [Edmonton, Canada]
Keyword(s) occupational health and safety
construction management
Australia
Summary It is mandatory for Australian construction companies to provide a safe working environment for their workers and sub-contractors. Consequently, occupational health and safety (OHS) is a major issue for construction firms mainly due to the fear of prosecution. The recent introduction of Zero Tolerance by the Victorian government WorkCover Authority provided even higher OHS safety standards for the construction industry. This has placed a increased burden on construction companies especially small firms that are not in a position of financial strength.

The size of the companies has been found to be a major contributing factor to the OHS performance of construction contractors. This research is based on benchmarking study of 44 construction companies in Victoria, Australia. The results show that the major factors influencing safety performance were; company size, and management commitment to OHS.
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Language eng
Field of Research 129999 Built Environment and Design not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2008, Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037059

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