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Benchmarking occupational health and safety performance of Australian construction companies.

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posted on 2008-01-01, 00:00 authored by Anthony MillsAnthony Mills
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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Event

Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress (12th : 2008 : Edmonton, Canada)

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[The Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors]

Location

Edmonton, Canada

Place of publication

[Edmonton, Canada]

Start date

2008-06-14

End date

2008-06-18

Language

eng

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E1.1 Full written paper - refereed

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2008, Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors

Title of proceedings

PAQS 2008 : Proceedings of the 12th Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors Congress : Construction in Challenging Environments

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