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Construction workers' reasons for not reporting work-related injuries: an exploratory study.

Authors
Moore-JT; Cigularov-KP; Sampson-JM; Rosecrance-JC; Chen-PY
Source
Int J Occup Saf Ergon 2013 Jan-Mar; 19(1):97-105
NIOSHTIC No.
20044650
Abstract
Although under-reporting of work-related injuries by workers is recognized as a significant problem in construction and other industries, little is known about the specific reasons for such occurrences. Qualitative and quantitative methods were used in this study to (a) identify reasons why construction workers may choose not to report work-related injuries, and (b) to investigate the frequency of the identified reasons. Twenty-seven percent of a sample of construction workers (N = 135) indicated that they had failed to report a work-related injury. The most frequent reasons given were related to perceptions of injuries as "small" and "part of the job" as well as fear of negative consequences, which may follow injury reporting. These findings are discussed in terms of practical implications. Strategies to overcome these reasons are suggested to decrease the under-reporting of injuries in the construction industry.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Data-processing; Workers; Worker-health; Qualitative-analysis; Quantitative-analysis; Behavior; Work-practices; Attitude; Occupational-psychology; Safety-education; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors; Author Keywords: occupational safety; injury under-reporting; construction
Contact
Jeffery Taylor Moore, 4300 Cherry Creek Drive South, Denver, CO 80246, USA
CODEN
IJOEF2
Publication Date
20130101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jeffery.taylor.moore@gmail.com
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-009229; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1080-3548
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
State
CO; VA
Performing Organization
University of Colorado, Denver
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