The union effect on safety in the ICI construction sector: a study update

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Lynda Robson
Institute for Work & Health

A study conducted several years ago by the Institute for Work & Health found unionized companies in Ontario's institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) construction sector had a lower rate of lost-time injury claims than their non-unionized counterparts, after accounting for other factors like company size. In this presentation, Dr. Lynda Robson shares an update of that study.

Using Workplace Safety & Insurance Board data, matched to records of unionization, and multivariable regression modeling, the update examines the relationship between unionization and injury claim incidence during 2012-2018. In the presentation, Robson discusses whether the latest results support what's called a "union safety effect", and how findings vary by company size and types of construction work.

About presenter

Dr. Lynda Robson is a scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. Her research interests include occupational health and safety (OHS) management, organizational change in OHS and the evaluation of work injury prevention programs.

About IWH Speaker Series

The IWH Speaker Series brings you the latest findings from work and health researchers from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) and beyond. For those unable to attend, the recorded webinar of most presentations in the IWH Speaker Series are made available on its web page within a week of the event.