Turnover, New Workers, and Safety

by Jimmie Hinze, (A.M.ASCE), Asst. Prof. of Civ. Engrg.; Univ. of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Mo.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Construction Division, 1978, Vol. 104, Issue 4, Pg. 409-417

Document Type: Journal Paper


Industrial safety studies have shown consistently that there is a higher incidence of job injuries to those workers who are new in their particular jobs. Recent studies in construction safety have revealed that this phenomenon is also in existence in the construction industry. In the construction industry, worker turnover has been shown to be a key factor in job safety. Studies have also shown that injury levels are affected by the manner in which company managers and company policies assist the new workers in assimilating to their work environments.

Subject Headings: Occupational safety | Accidents | Construction industry | Labor | Managers

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