An evaluation of occupational accidents in the wooden furniture industry – a regional study in South East Asia

Ratnasingam, Jega, Ioras, Florin and Abrudan, Ioan Vasile (2012) An evaluation of occupational accidents in the wooden furniture industry – a regional study in South East Asia. Safety Science, 50. pp. 1190-1195. ISSN 0925-7535

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Abstract

Studies on the rate of occupational accidents among workers in the wooden furniture industry is sparse, although the industry is deemed to be highly accident prone. Therefore, the rate of occupational accidents among workers in the wooden furniture industry in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam were studied, in 240 furniture manufacturing factories, using a structured questionnaire. The findings of the study suggest that contract workers are less prone to occupational accidents compared to their permanent counterparts, and hence, are more productive. Further, the results also revealed that the contract workers have a more positive attitude towards the work, and hence, pick up the essentials of safe working practices quickly. It must therefore be recognized that the ‘‘production oriented mentality’’ prevalent in the wooden furniture industry, which has been argued to compromise occupational safety and health standards in the industry may be debatable. In this context, it is essential for the policy makers to reexamine the employment of contract workers for the furniture manufacturing industry, as changing the psycho-economic parameters of the industry may be warranted before the industry is deemed attractive to a permanent workforce. 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 13:09
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