A retrospective analysis of work-related deaths in the Australian construction industry

Cooke, T and Lingard, H 2011, 'A retrospective analysis of work-related deaths in the Australian construction industry', in Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou (ed.) Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference, Bristol, UK, 5-7 September, 2011, pp. 279-288.


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Title A retrospective analysis of work-related deaths in the Australian construction industry
Author(s) Cooke, T
Lingard, H
Year 2011
Conference name ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Conference location Bristol, UK
Conference dates 5-7 September, 2011
Proceedings title Proceedings of the ARCOM Twenty-seventh Annual Conference
Editor(s) Charles Egbu and Eric Choen Weng Lou
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication University of Reading, Reading UK
Start page 279
End page 288
Total pages 10
Abstract Accident investigations are a well recognised and accepted method used to improve health and safety, providing an important link between the lessons of past incidents and safer and healthier operations in the future. In Australia, The National Coronial Information System (NCIS) is a national internet-based data storage and retrieval system for Australian coronial cases. Information about every death investigated by an Australian coroner since July 2000 (January 2001 for Queensland) is stored within the system, providing a valuable source of data for OHS researchers. A retrospective analysis of 'construction work-related' deaths recorded in the NCIS is presented. Applying an accident causation model developed by Loughborough University to the data, causes of death in the Australian construction industry are identified. However, in many instances, the data do not permit the identification of causes beyond the immediate accident circumstances. Limitations inherent in the data and recommendations for systematic collection of data based upon systemic models of accident causation are made.
Subjects Business and Management not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) workplace death
incident causation
National Coronial Information System
Copyright notice © Association of Researchers in Construction Management
ISBN 9780955239052
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