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How do periods of economic growth affect workplace injuries?

SHP speaks to Tanya Jenke, General Manager of Cority Australia, who has recently carried out a study, analysing 577,778 occupational injuries in Western Australia between 2003-2019, to find whether economic growth following a period of recession, such as that brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, has an impact on workplace injuries…

The study, ‘An investigation of the influence of economic cycles on safety performance in Western Australia’, was carried out as part of Tanya’s PhD at the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Edith Cowan University, in Western Australia.

The research looked at the impact of external factors on safety and performance. “Taking a look at the literature, I was able to see that there’s been quite a lot of studies done on the impact of internal factors, such as corrective actions, accident investigation, leading and lagging indicators, but there wasn’t a lot done on external factors,” Tanya told SHP.

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