Document Type

Conference Proceeding


University of Canterbury


Faculty of Business and Law


School of Management / Centre for Innovative Practice




This article was originally published as: Bahn, S., & Barratt-Pugh, L. (2011). Construction induction training: how effective for the housing and civil construction industries in WA?. Paper presented at the 25th Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM) Conference. Wellington, New Zealand. Original article available here


Introducing practices to reduce the number of work-related injuries in the construction industry is a continual challenge, specifically in WA where the industry is adapting to the additional pressures of a second development boom this century. In 2006, Worksafe WA responded by introducing mandatory certification in safety awareness training for all employees, before they could begin work on a construction site. This paper reviews the impact of this training on the housing and civil sectors of the industry. It presents both the perceptions of the stakeholders from their survey responses and from the analyses the lost time injury/disease statistics. These interim findings indicate the training initiative has made a difference. Many respondents reported they believed their workplaces are safer.