Mechanical equipment injuries in small manufacturing businesses. knowledge, behavioral, and management issues

Dianne Gardner, James Carlopio, Petra N. Fonteyn, Jean A. Cross

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This paper presents findings from an extensive study intofactors that impact upon the high rate of injuries due to mechanical equipment, especially in small manufacturing firms. Issues relating to knowledge of health and safety issues and to management practices have been shown to be extremely important with regards to safety in smaii businesses. Knowledge and awareness of hazards were found to be relatively low and few respondents, especially managers, had received adequate safety training. Managers did not regard the identification and control of risks as a priority. Workplaces generally lacked effective safety management procedures such as safety rules and regulations, procedures for recording and learning from accidents, and clearly defined responsibilities for safety. Some issues requiring further investigation, and some recommendations for improving safety in small businesses, are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-71
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes


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