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Safety in Building and Construction Industries

June 2004
Sheila Pantry OBE

The Nordic Network for Occupational Safety Research held a seminar in Copenhagen on October 9, 2003, with a focus on safety research in the Nordic building and construction industries. The goals of the seminar were:

  1. to identify relevant accident factors that can be modified through intervention,
  2. to give an insight into the contemporary occupational safety research in the Nordic building and construction industries, and
  3. to stimulate and strengthen Nordic research cooperation.

It is appropriate that during this European Year of 'Building in Safety' that this newly published report provides conclusions of roundtable discussions from four plenary sessions regarding construction safety, including accident investigation and prevention, the meaning and significance of safety culture and safety climate, the influence of firm size on occupational safety and, finally, good practices for safety management. In addition to this, the report contains abstracts of over 75 ongoing or recently completed safety research projects in the Nordic building and construction industries, as well as injury and employment statistics for the period 1992-2001.

Summary of plenary presentations and roundtable discussions includes:

The Nordic Occupational Research Seminar provided the opportunity for collecting and exchanging information regarding contemporary occupational safety research in the Nordic construction industries. The format of the seminar worked well in allowing for dialogue between researchers and practitioners, and provided the opportunity for stimulating and strengthening Nordic research cooperation, as reflected in the project regarding the development of a Nordic Occupational Safety Climate Questionnaire.

The construction industries in each of the five Nordic countries are very similar, and an individual Nordic country's safety research results are in many ways general to the other Nordic countries. In addition to this, large multinational construction companies now operate in all five of the Nordic countries. The seminar showed that there is a great need for continued opportunities for exchanging safety research results, and for close dialogue and cooperation between researchers and practitioners. There is a particular need for looking into aspects that are relevant for small or medium sized construction companies, as well as safety management and safety climate aspects in large companies.

These issues are only to a certain extent covered by current Nordic research activities. Future research in the construction sector should also focus on Nordic cooperative studies in the fields of:

For further details see:
Safety in Building and Construction Industries: State of the art and perspectives on prevention.
Report from a Nordic occupational safety. TemaNord 2004:520
© Nordic Council of Ministers, Copenhagen 2004. ISBN 92-893-1006-5. ISSN 0908-6692
Print: Ekspressen Tryk & Kopicenter

The 'Building in Safety' campaign will culminate in the annual European Week for Safety and Health at Work during 18-22 October 2004, will highlight the health and safety risks in Europe's construction industry, as well as the solutions.

Details of the European Week can be found at the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work special European week 2004 website

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