Effect of company size on occupational health and safety

Mills, Anthony and Lin, John 2004, Effect of company size on occupational health and safety, International journal of construction management, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 17-39.

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Title Effect of company size on occupational health and safety
Author(s) Mills, Anthony
Lin, John
Journal name International journal of construction management
Volume number 4
Issue number 1
Start page 17
End page 39
Publisher Chinese Research Institute of Construction Management
Place of publication Hong Kong
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1562-3599
Keyword(s) building
construction
occupational health and safety
company size
Summary It is mandatory in all Australian jurisdictions for 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 companies mainly due to the fear of prosecution. The introduction of zero tolerance by the Victorian government “WorkCover Authority” in 1999 provided increased legislative OHS standards for the construction industry. This has placed an increased burden on construction companies especially small firms that are not in a position of financial strength. This research is based on benchmarking study of OHS performance of 44 construction companies in
Victoria, Australia. The results show that the size of the company is a major contributing factor to their OHS performance. Small companies employing less than 25 employees have comparatively low levels of OHS performance compared to larger firms. Company size is a limiting factor that impacts on the ability of small firms to implement comprehensive OHS plans. This research calls into question that notion that increasing legislative requirements will improve OHS outcomes.
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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30037115

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