Title

Size Does Matter: The Influence of Business Size on Incident Rates

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CCH Australia LTD

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science

RAS ID

5617

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bahn, S. T. (2008). Size does matter: the influence of business size on incident rates. The Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 24(4), 343-351.

Abstract

This article examines the impact of business size on the frequency of incidents that have occurred in the civil construction industry in Western Australia over the five year period 2001-2006. The data provided for this article represent the first phase of a PhD study exploring the management values in action that permeate the workplace culture and influence the daily practices of people working in this industry. The study investigated 3,882 incident reports in businesses which were large to micro in size. Of the civil construction industry's employees, 81 % were involved in an incident or were injured during 2001-2006. The study examines the complex and conflicting discourses that influence workplace safety, and demonstrates that business size is a critical determinant of safety in organisations.

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