Interventions for preventing injuries in the construction industry1
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A Dutch construction company with 150 workers was faced with one fatal and five non-fatal occupational injuries last year. Three workers' injuries were due to falls from height when working on scaffoldings and two injuries were caused by bricks falling off the scaffoldings. Total sick leave period for the five non-fatal injuries was 1600 working hours related to a financial loss of € 95.000.
The company received an official warning from the labour inspectorate and an assignment to adapt the risk inventory and evaluation, and the corresponding action plan. The company asked the occupational health service (OHS) for help drafting an action plan, although it believed the only solution to reduce occupational injuries at work sites would be governmental regulations.
A multi-disciplinary team of an occupational physician, a safety consultant and an organizational psychologist within the OHS was appointed to help with the company's action plan. As part of an evidence based...