Occupational accidents in the Netherlands: Incidence, mental harm, and their relationship with psychosocial factors at work
van der Klauw, M.
Oude Hengel, K.
Bakhuys Roozeboom, M.M.C.
This study investigated the incidence of mental harm due to occupational accidents and the relation between psychosocial factors at work and the occurrence of occupational accidents in the Netherlands for the construction industry and health and welfare sector. Analyses revealed that occupational accidents in the construction industry more often involved physical harm, whereas accidents in the health and welfare sector relatively more often resulted in mental harm, in comparison to other sectors. Results showed that psychosocial factors were associated with occupational accidents in both sectors. For the construction industry, high time pressure and exposure to violence and harassment by colleagues or supervisors were associated with occupational accidents. For the health and welfare sector, low autonomy and exposure to violence and harassment by colleagues or supervisors or by people outside the organization were associated with occupational accidents. The present paper stresses the importance of also taking psychological consequences and psychosocial factors at work into account in assessing the occurrence of occupational accidents.
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WHC - Work, Health and Care
ELSS - Earth, Life and Social Sciences
Work and Employment
Psychosocial factors at work
International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 23 (1), 79-84