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Safety Culture: A Multilevel Assessment Tool for the Construction Industry

Mayze, Brett R. & Bradley, Lisa M. (2008) Safety Culture: A Multilevel Assessment Tool for the Construction Industry. In Brown, Kerry, Hampson, Keith, Brandon, Peter, & Pillay, Janet (Eds.) Clients Driving Construction Innovation: Benefiting from Innovation. Icon.Net Pty Ltd, Brisbane, pp. 136-145.

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Abstract

There are inherent risks in the building and construction industry, with contractors, subcontractors and their personnel all needing to actively manage workplace hazards to maximise worker safety and prevent injuries and deaths. The incident rate for fatalities in the Australian construction industry is almost twice the rate of other Australian industries (Australian Safety and Compensation Council (ASCC) 2007). In addition to fatalities, the incidence of injury in Australian building and construction, while declining, remains about 50 per cent higher than the all industry average (Cole 2003) with the industry recording the fourth-highest level of reported non-fatal injuries behind mining, manufacturing and transport. However, despite the size of the construction industry (employing about nine per cent of all employed persons in Australia (ASCC 2007)), and the significance of these safety concerns, organisational behaviour literature has typically not focused on safety for this industry within Australia or internationally. Occupational health and safety remains one of the least studied phenomena in organisational behaviour, with estimates suggesting it represents less than one per cent of the total amount of published research (e.g. Campbell, Daft and Hulin 1982; Zacharatos, Barling and Iverson 2005).

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ID Code: 15197
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: Safety, OHS, Construction Industry, Safety Culture, Australia, Assessment
ISBN: 9781741071566
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Icon.Net Pty Ltd
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:43

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