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Document ID (ISN)110829
CIS number 10-0450
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Johansson B., Rask K., Stenberg M.
Title Piece rates and their effects on health and safety - A literature review
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.607-614. 31 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this literature survey was to analyze relevant research articles about piece rate wages and their effects on safety and health. A total of 75 research articles were examined extensively and 31 of these were found relevant and had sufficient quality to serve the purpose of this study. The findings of these relevant articles are summarized and analyzed in the survey. Since the late 1980s, there has been a change of research focus regarding piece rates and their effects on safety and health. More recent research shows a clear interest for health, musculoskeletal injuries, physical workload, pains and occupational injuries. The previous interest in risk behaviour, security and accidents is still there, but no longer dominates the research scene. Although research is still sparse and fragmented, much of the accumulated knowledge about the effects of piece rate work tells us that piece rates in many situations have a negative effect on safety and health. Indeed 27 of the 31 studied articles found negative effects of piece rates on different aspects of safety and health. Further research is needed to address specific questions.
Descriptors (primary) payment by results; speed of work; manufacturing industries; stress factors; health hazards; risk factors
Descriptors (secondary) musculoskeletal diseases; injuries; physical workload; human behaviour; mental health; occupational accidents; literature survey; terms of employment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Mental health