Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces
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Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces

Individual, Work and Organizational Factors

Edited by Ronald J. Burke and Astrid M. Richardsen

Increasing Occupational Health and Safety in Workplaces argues for greater reporting of workplace accidents and injuries. It also incorporates stress as a factor in rates of accidents and injuries, and suggests ways in which workplace safety cultures can be fostered and improved. This book will be an invaluable tool for students of management, especially those with an interest in small businesses.
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Chapter 11: Occupational health and safety in the construction sector

Helen Lingard


Construction workers are exposed to a wide range of physical, chemical and psychosocial hazards. There is an increasing recognition that characteristics of project-based work impact upon construction workers’ health and safety. In particular, the way that projects are procured and the extent to which occupational health and safety (OH & S) are considered in pre-construction decision-making can impact construction workers’ OH & S. Technological controls that eliminate or significantly reduce OH & S risk are available but require that decision-makers consider their use in the design and planning stages of projects.

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