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Measuring the occupational health and safety performance of construction companies in Australia

Lin, John and Mills, Anthony 2001, Measuring the occupational health and safety performance of construction companies in Australia, Facilities, vol. 19, no. 3/4, pp. 131-138.

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Title Measuring the occupational health and safety performance of construction companies in Australia
Author(s) Lin, John
Mills, Anthony
Journal name Facilities
Volume number 19
Issue number 3/4
Start page 131
End page 138
Total pages 8
Publisher Emerald Group Publishing
Place of publication West Yorkshire, England
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0263-2772
1758-7131
Keyword(s) Australia
construction industry
occupational health/safety
Summary Many facility managers are now required to deal directly with small firms engaged in the maintenance, alteration and cleaning of physical infrastructure. Increasingly the performance of small firms reflects on the manager of the facility, and so an understanding of their operation is required. It is mandatory for all firms to provide a safe working environment for their workers and subcontractors. Consequently, occupational health and safety (OHS) is a major issue for companies mainly due to the fear of prosecution. The introduction of Zero Tolerance by the Victorian government WorkCover Authority in 1999 provided even higher OHS safety standards for the construction industry. This has placed an increased burden on construction and maintenance companies especially small firms that are not in a position of financial strength. The size of the company has been found to be a major contributing factor to the OHS performance of construction contractors. This research is based on a benchmarking study of 44 construction companies in Victoria, Australia. The results show that the major factors influencing safety performance were; company size, and management and employee commitment to OHS.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.
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 C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2001, MCB University Press
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