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Behind Subcontractor Risk: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mining and Natural Resources Fatalities

Safety Science Innovation Laboratory, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences, Griffith University, Nathan, QLD 4111, Australia
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Received: 12 June 2020 / Revised: 20 August 2020 / Accepted: 26 August 2020 / Published: 1 September 2020
Subcontractors have always been linked to higher risk by the industry and academia. However, not much work exists in establishing the reasons behind this relationship. Much of the existing work, either categorise subcontractors under a theoretical label of work to apply the drawbacks of the label to them, or directly enter problem-solving mode. This study focusses on taking the perspective of subcontractors and explores ways in which this viewpoint interacts with safety systems and processes. This study applies a case study methodology to this problem. It examines a total of six cases reflecting six closed single subcontractor fatality accident investigation reports from the year 2004 to 2014 obtained from the Department of Natural Resources and Mines (DNRM) Queensland. These cases are then thematically analysed by employing subcontractor theory to identify themes to categorise the links between higher risk and subcontractors. The themes identified match two pre-existing categories (Institutional safety mechanisms do not cope with variability introduced by subcontractors; expertise in work does not translate to expertise in safety) and two new categories (communication does not flow to the subcontractor from the layers above them; safety work is viewed differently by subcontractor staff when compared to principal contractor’s/operators’) of subcontractor risk. This study aims to serve as a starting point for further research in understanding the subcontractor safety situation by putting things into the subcontractor’s perspective. View Full-Text
Keywords: subcontractors; mining; safety work; case studies subcontractors; mining; safety work; case studies
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Valluru, C.T.; Rae, A.; Dekker, S. Behind Subcontractor Risk: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mining and Natural Resources Fatalities. Safety 2020, 6, 40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety6030040

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Valluru CT, Rae A, Dekker S. Behind Subcontractor Risk: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mining and Natural Resources Fatalities. Safety. 2020; 6(3):40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety6030040

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Valluru, Charan T., Andrew Rae, and Sidney Dekker. 2020. "Behind Subcontractor Risk: A Multiple Case Study Analysis of Mining and Natural Resources Fatalities" Safety 6, no. 3: 40. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/safety6030040

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