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Citation

Romero Á, González MLN, Segarra M, Villena BM, Rodríguez Á. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019; 16(11): e16112045.

Affiliation

Department of Architectural Constructions & Construction Engineering and Land, University of Burgos, 09001 Burgos, Spain. arsaizmc@ubu.es.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2019, MDPI: Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute)

DOI

10.3390/ijerph16112045

PMID

31185599

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analyze the reality of risk prevention in construction sector companies in Spain, from the perspective of training, management, and risk prevention, as well as the amount of resources that are allocated to those budget headings. An in-depth comparative review has been conducted, using the data obtained from two focus groups that were expressly created for the study, in conjunction with the Second European Survey of Enterprises on New and Emergent Risks (ESENER-2) and its Spanish counterpart (ESENER-2 Spain). The focus groups were formed with agents and entrepreneurs involved in the construction sector, from both the public and the private sector, in order to provide greater impartiality to the resulting data. The principal strategic indicators that served as a guideline for the moderators of the different focus groups were analyzed. The results obtained show great similarity between the data from the focus groups and the data from ESENER-2 and ESENER-2 Spain; which demonstrates the idiosyncrasies that surround this productive sector in the European setting, so badly treated by the economic crisis. All of these points highlight the imperative need to professionalize the construction sector, implementing a "risk prevention culture" among all of the agents involved in the constructive-preventive processes that surround construction activities.


Language: en

Keywords

OHS professionals; construction sector; preventive culture; professionalization; safety investments; safety management; training and information

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