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Document ID (ISN)109163
CIS number 09-3
ISSN - Serial title 0925-7535 - Safety Science
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Lind S., Kivist÷-Rahnasto J.
Title Utilization of external accident information in companies' safety promotion - Case: Finnish metal and transportation industry
Bibliographic information June 2008, Vol.46, No.5, p.802-814. 23 ref.
Abstract Safety management systems emphasize the role of accident information as a requirement for continuous improvement. However, it is not clear how such information is actually applied in companies. This study was carried out in the Finnish metal and transportation industries to determine if and how companies utilize accident information provided in external reports. There are 40 to 50 fatal workplace accidents in Finland annually. Ten recently-reported cases and a total of 38 companies were chosen for the study. Information was collected using interviews and surveys. Although accident information contained in reports was found to be mostly accurate and useful, such information is rarely applied in practice. Typically, reports are used only as support material in safety management; usually as case-examples in accident prevention and hazard identification. There are several explanations for this low degree of implementation, such as lack of time or the perception that the information is of limited relevance. The findings of this study show that accident reporting is a useful tool in promoting safety. Possible improvements are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) notification of occupational accidents; safety analysis; Finland
Descriptors (secondary) case study; report on investigation; accident research; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) General safety, health and conditions of work
Browse category(ies) Reporting of occupational accidents
Notification of accidents and diseases