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The Efficacy of Construction Site Safety Inspections

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  • Auld, M Christopher, et al

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In this article, we measure the impact of on-site safety inspections on the frequency of work-related injury and death in the Alberta construction sector, 1987-92. The data are disaggregated by subindustry allowing different risk levels to be associated with different work activities. In our sample, there is a dramatic decrease in inspection activity which allows us to assess the necessity for continuing with current levels of inspection effort. We find that on-site safety inspections have no effect on the risk of accident and injury but do have a positive effect in reducing the number of work-related fatalities. Copyright 2001 by University of Chicago Press.

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Article provided by University of Chicago Press in its journal Journal of Labor Economics.

Volume (Year): 19 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 (October)
Pages: 900-921

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Handle: RePEc:ucp:jlabec:v:19:y:2001:i:4:p:900-921

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  1. Thomas J. Kniesner & John D. Leeth, 2003. "Data Mining Mining Data: MSHA Enforcement Efforts, Underground Coal Mine Safety, and New Health Policy Implications," Center for Policy Research Working Papers 52, Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University.
  2. Alma Cohen & Liran Einav, 2007. "Estimating Risk Preferences from Deductible Choice," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 97(3), pages 745-788, June.

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