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RR719 - Report of qualitative research amongst ‘hard to reach’ small construction site operators

Since 2000 there has been a significant reduction in fatal accidents and other injuries in the construction industry. This reduction has been attributed in part to the focus of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) on influencing large firms. In order to encourage the continuation of this downward trend, the HSE’s Small Sites Project was established to bring about the adoption of sensible risk management strategies to improve standards of health and safety on Small Sites. There is a specific focus on those sites with 5 or fewer employees on site.

This research was commissioned to inform the development of a strategy to reach and influence Small Site operators.

The overarching research objective was to reveal more about how the Small Sites sector of the industry operates and the intermediaries and the factors which influence those who control small sites in order to inform a programme of positively influencing behaviour on Small Sites.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2010-01-27