Size Does Matter: The Influence of Business Size on Incident Rates
CCH Australia LTD
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Psychology and Social Science
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.