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Document ID (ISN)111988
CIS number 11-0703
ISSN - Serial title 0001-4575 - Accident Analysis and Prevention
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Camino López M.A., Fontaneda I., González Alcántara O.J., Ritzel D.O.
Title The special severity of occupational accidents in the afternoon: "The lunch effect"
Bibliographic information May 2011, Vol.43, No.3, p.1104-1116. Illus. 35 ref.
Abstract This study analyzed data from over 10 million occupational accidents having occurred in Spain between 1990 and 2002, with emphasis on the severity of occupational accidents suffered by construction workers at different hours of the day. It was observed that during the interval of time from 13:00 h to 17:00 h, the rates of severe and fatal accidents were particularly high. The opinions of workers concerning the possible reasons for these accidents were obtained by means of questionnaires administered by occupational physicians during periodical health check-ups. This higher accident rate is termed the "lunch effect", and is attributed to several potential risk factors for occupational accidents around lunchtime in Spain, including alcohol consumption.
Descriptors (primary) Spain; workbreaks; construction industry; occupational accidents; risk factors; severity rates
Descriptors (secondary) small enterprises; alcoholism; fatigue; length of service; questionnaire survey; analysis of accident causes; safety and health documentation; age-linked differences; unsafe acts; disobeying safety instructions; fatalities
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Construction industry and civil engineering
Accident investigation