• Seminari «The effect of preventive training on accident rate in construction sector: A panel study»

  • Wednesday, 22 July
  • Universitat de les Illes Balears, Carretera de Valldemossa, Palma, Espanya
  • A les 12 hores.

    Seminari a càrrec de Bàrbara Estudillo.

    Abstract:

    Accidents in the construction sector have become a serious problem that is continuously growing and whose analysis is hampered by the characteristics of the sector, which limits access to the necessary data to allow study the phenomenon, draw conclusions and make targeted proposals to reduce work accidents.

    European statistics on accidents in the sector indicate that the incidence rate of accidents is progressively decreasing but continues at very high levels. At national level, incidence rates have risen after the economic crisis and the Balearic Islands is the region with the highest incidence rate in Spain, with an increase of 24.61% in three years (2013-2016).

    Our research is aimed to help to understand the relationship between safety training and accidents using a panel of quantitative data from a representative sample of firms.

    To this end, we have analysed the current preventive training of workers, considering the different levels of training established by the applicable regulations, and crossing different databases, such as SABI economic database, accidents database of the Labor Authority (Direcció General de Treball i Salut Laboral de les Illes Balears) and the training database of the Fundación Laboral de Construcción (FLC), we proceed to create a matrix with 1500 companies. A panel data of 11 years (2007-2017) was built with all these companies data, training, economic and accidents data, and then different variables were generated to conduct the analysis of the data, where our dependent variable is accidents. We aim to find empirical evidence of the relationship among safety training policy of a company, its accident rate and its economic performance. Using Negative Binomial linear and quadratic regression methods, we test whether or not there exists a relationship between training in firms and their accident rate.

    The results show evidence of a relationship between the level of training of the companies and their accident rates.This study also aims to provide new empirical evidence on the relationship between safety training and level of safety at work and the subsequent accidents.

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