Online from: 2008
Subject Area: Health Care Management/Healthcare
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|Title:||Patterns of root cause in workplace injury|
|Author(s):||R. Bruce Dodge, (OH&S Division, Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Halifax, Canada)|
|Citation:||R. Bruce Dodge, (2012) "Patterns of root cause in workplace injury", International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol. 5 Iss: 1, pp.31 - 43|
|Keywords:||Canada, Cause and effect analysis, Injuries, Occupational health and safety, Root cause, Safety culture, Workplace|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/17538351211215375 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This paper aims to report on themes of root cause of injury emerging from a qualitative study of investigations into serious workplace injuries undertaken by the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Workforce Development, Occupational Health and Safety Division.
Design/methodology/approach – The study used systems-based safety management as a theoretical lens and a qualitative grounded theory approach to inductively identify patterns and themes in the root cause of injury. Investigations were purposefully selected and analyzed through document review supplemented by interviews.
Findings – A number of themes of root cause of injury emerge from the data reflecting a lack of commitment to safety within the organization and a lack of positive safety leadership by management. Workplace culture is identified as a reflection of beliefs and assumptions of managers which impacts safety behaviour. A trend toward identifying the victim as a cause is also addressed.
Research limitations/implications – Data are limited to investigations of serious injuries reported to the enforcement agency, thus focusing on negative experiences. The identification of root cause of injury may not always be the focus of the investigation, and the nature of acute serious injury limits the industry sectors represented. A need for further investigation across other industry sectors and inclusion of chronic injury is indicated.
Practical implications – These themes represent a cross sectoral perspective and can be used to guide development of prevention and intervention programs, corporate priorities and public policy.
Originality/value – The paper reports on a study of patterns in the root cause of workplace injuries.
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