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Document ID (ISN)102048
CIS number 03-1392
ISSN - Serial title 1076-2752 - Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kines P., Mikkelsen K.L.
Title Effect of firm size on risks and reporting of elevation fall injury in construction trades
Bibliographic information Oct. 2003, Vol.45, No.10, p.1074-1078. 24 ref.
Abstract 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.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; small enterprises; falls from heights; injuries; construction industry; Denmark
Descriptors (secondary) notification of occupational accidents; electricity; carpentry; severity rates; enforcement; subcontractors; legislation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceDenmark
Subject(s) Construction industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights
Small and medium-sized enterprises
Construction industry and civil engineering