Date of Award

2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (Occupational Safety and Health)

School

School Of Exercise, Biomedical and Health Science

Faculty

Computing, Health And Science

First Advisor

Milos Nedved

Abstract

The aim of this research is to investigate characteristics of accident denominators across age groups in mining and associated process industries in the Port Hedland region of Western Australia. Emphasis has been focussed on comparing young, inexperienced groups with older, more experienced groups. A literature review revealed some key contributors to accidents among younger workers, in particular, those who had only recently entered the workforce. The review also revealed contributors impacting accidents regarding other age groups over a wide range of industry types. From these findings an accident construct model and questionnaire were designed to identify contributing and mitigating denominators which input to accidents occurring across the defined age groups.

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