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The Impact of Prevention Measures and Organisational Factors on Occupational Injuries

  • Pablo Arocena


    (Departamento de Gestión de Empresas, Universidad Pública de Navarra)

  • Imanol Núñez


    (Departamento de Gestión de Empresas, Universidad Pública de Navarra)

  • Mikel Villanueva


    (Departamento de Gestión de Empresas, Universidad Pública de Navarra)

This paper analyses the impact of a series of managerial and organisational factors on occupational injuries. These consist of occupational safety measures, as regards both the intensity and the orientation of risk prevention in companies, and the adoption of certain work organisation practices, quality management and the use of flexible production technologies. We estimate a negative binomial regression based on a sample of 213 Spanish industrial establishments, defining a constant random parameter to take account of non-observable heterogeneity. Our results show that occupational safety measures, the intensive use of quality management tools and the empowerment of workers all help to reduce the number of injuries. We have also confirmed the presence of synergies between the organisational factors analysed and the development of an occupational safety strategy featuring participation and the extension of prevention to all levels of the organisation.

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Paper provided by Department of Business Economics, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona in its series Working Paper with number 200703.

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