Factors associated with the severity of construction accidents: the case of South Australia

Dumrak, Jantanee, Mostafa, Sherif, Kamardeen, Imriyas and Rameezdeen, Raufdeen 2013, Factors associated with the severity of construction accidents: the case of South Australia, Australasian journal of construction economics and building, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 32-49, doi: 10.5130/ajceb.v13i4.3620.

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Title Factors associated with the severity of construction accidents: the case of South Australia
Author(s) Dumrak, Jantanee
Mostafa, Sherif
Kamardeen, ImriyasORCID iD for Kamardeen, Imriyas orcid.org/0000-0001-7296-3605
Rameezdeen, Raufdeen
Journal name Australasian journal of construction economics and building
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 32
End page 49
Total pages 18
Publisher UTS ePRESS
Place of publication Haymarket, N.S.W.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1837-9133
Summary While the causes of accidents in the construction industry have been extensively studied, severity remains an understudied area. In order to provide more evidence for the currently limited number of empirical investigations on severity, this study analysed 24,764 construction accidents reported during 2002-11 in South Australia. A conceptual model developed through literature uses personal characteristics such as age, experience, gender and language. It also employs work-related factors such as size of organization, project size and location, mechanism of accident and body location of the injury. These were shown to discriminate why some accidents result in only a minor severity while others are fatal. Factors such as time of accident, day of the week and season were not strongly associated with accident severity. When the factors affecting severity of an accident are well understood, preventive measures could be developed specifically to those factors that are at high risk.
Language eng
DOI 10.5130/ajceb.v13i4.3620
Indigenous content off
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, The Authors
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30123140

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