Occupational risks in industrial maintenance

Salla Lind (Corresponding Author), Sanna Nenonen

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Abstract

Purpose – The aim of this paper is to describe the most important occupational risks in maintenance operations.

Design/methodology/approach – This study analyzed all maintenance‐related fatalities since 1985 together with one group of severe accidents in Finland. In connection with the study, risk assessments were carried out in companies with the aim of charting the risks on sites.

Findings – The results indicate that the typical risks in maintenance operations involve poor ergonomics and that the most severe risks among these can lead to direct injury. Severe or even fatal injuries are mainly caused by crushing or falling.

Practical implications – To manage the risks, maintenance operations should be taken more carefully into account when designing and reconstructing machinery and work environments. It should be ensured that workers have relevant safety knowledge by means of risk assessments and instruction in safe working practice. In addition, safety cooperation with the customer is essential.

Originality/value – The findings indicate that maintenance operations include certain occupational risks. Among such risks, subcontracting offers a specific challenge to the service provider's safety management. The findings of this study provide advice on the safety measures necessary for accident prevention and how to execute them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)194-204
JournalJournal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering
Volume14
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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Occupational risks
Risk assessment
Crushing
Ergonomics
Machinery
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Industry

Keywords

  • occupational safety
  • risks
  • maintenance operations

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Lind, Salla ; Nenonen, Sanna. / Occupational risks in industrial maintenance. In: Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering. 2008 ; Vol. 14, No. 2. pp. 194-204.
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