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Arto Reiman, Louise Møller Pedersen, Seppo Väyrynen, Olli Airaksinen, Erja Sormunen & Tuula Räsänen (2020) Multi-organisational approach to safety training: the case of a Finnish Safety Training Park, Construction Management and Economics, 38:7, 659-672, DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2019.1675893

Multi-organisational approach to safety training : the case of a Finnish Safety Training Park

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Author: Reiman, Arto1; Møller Pedersen, Louise2; Väyrynen, Seppo1;
Organizations: 1Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Aalborg, Aalborg, Denmark
3Sinenkaari Ltd., Oulu, Finland
4Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, Tampere, Finland
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Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2020
Publish Date: 2022-01-28


Studies across trades suggest that occupational accident and injury rates and costs are higher than average in the construction industry. There is a need for innovative and cost-effective occupational safety approaches. The Finnish construction industry and its key stakeholders have introduced a new safety training concept, called the Safety Training Park (STP). The STP consists of full-scale training points that use new training methods to stimulate individual safe behaviour and to improve safety climate within workgroups and companies. The Safety Training Park in Northern Finland (STPNF) was designed, constructed, and financed through a collaborative process that included over 80 organizations. A realistic evaluation approach was applied to document the effectiveness of STPNF training from individual and organizational perspectives. Results indicate that the dialogical STP approach with several information sharing channels fits the target groups. Evidence regarding effectiveness at the organizational level is also discussed. Cost-benefit calculations show that the multi-organizational coalition model enables efficient occupational safety and health training with reasonable costs.

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Series: Construction management and economics
ISSN: 0144-6193
ISSN-E: 1466-433X
ISSN-L: 0144-6193
Volume: 38
Issue: 7
Pages: 659 - 672
DOI: 10.1080/01446193.2019.1675893
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Work Environment Fund under [Grant number 114368].
Copyright information: © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Construction Management and Economics on 11 Oct 2019, available online: