|Document ID (ISN)||102048|
|ISSN - Serial title
||1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
|Convention or series no.
||Kines P., Mikkelsen K.L.
||Effect of firm size on risks and reporting of elevation fall injury in construction trades
||Oct. 2003, Vol.45, No.10, p.1074-1078. 24 ref.
||While many occupational safety programmes target large firms, the construction industry is dominated by smaller firms. This study examines the differential effect of firm size on the risk and the reporting of over 3000 non-fatal elevation fall injuries in the Danish construction industry from 1993 to 1999. Small firms (<20 employees) accounted for 93% of all firms and 55% of full-time equivalent workers. There was an inverse relationship between firm size and serious injury rates and a direct relationship between firm size and minor injury rates. An inverse relationship between firm size and injury severity odds ratios (serious versus minor) was found for all trades, but was particularly pronounced for carpentry and electrical work. Health and safety policies, legislation and enforcement in the construction industry should take the smaller size of firms in the industry into consideration.
||occupational accidents; small enterprises; falls from heights; injuries; construction industry; Denmark
||notification of occupational accidents; electricity; carpentry; severity rates; enforcement; subcontractors; legislation
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Denmark|
|Broad subject area(s)
||Mechanical hazards, transport
||Falls from heights
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Construction industry and civil engineering