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

journal contribution
posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by J Lin, Anthony MillsAnthony Mills
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.

History

Journal

Facilities

Volume

19

Issue

3/4

Pagination

131 - 138

Publisher

Emerald Group Publishing

Location

West Yorkshire, England

ISSN

0263-2772

eISSN

1758-7131

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2001, MCB University Press

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