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Victoria Hill

Industrial fatality prevention strategies in the UK, 1974–2014


Discipline/professional area

Humanities / History

Outline of research project

This study will use oral history and archival research to identify trends in industrial fatality prevention and the main factors that influenced those trends. The timeframe of 1974 – 2014 spans forty years from the introduction of the pivotal Health and Safety at Work etc. Act and allows for consideration of the impact of more recent legislative developments including the Corporate Manslaughter Act 2007 and the Health and Safety (Offences) Act 2008. With a focus on heavy industry, this study will investigate proactively applied strategies influenced by developments in fields such as psychology and ergonomics. It will also examine reactive strategies, arising from workplace fatalities where reflection, blame and legislative reform resulted from unacceptable events.

Key References

Beck, Ulrich, Risk Society: Towards a New Modernity (Sage, 1992)
McIvor, Arthur, Working Lives: Work in Britain since 1945 (Palgrave, 2013)
Perrow, Charles, Normal Accidents, 1st edn (Princeton University Press, 2011)
Reason, J. T., The Human Contribution: Unsafe Acts, Accidents and Heroic Recoveries (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008)
Almond, Paul and Sarah Colover, 'Mediating Punitiveness: Understanding Public Attitudes Towards Work-Related Fatality Cases', European Journal of Criminology, 7 (2010), 323-338
Hutter, B., S. Lloyd-Bostock and B. Hutter, 'The Power of Accidents', British Journal of Criminology, 30 (1990), 409-422

Director of studies

Professor John Singleton


Dr Nicole Robertson

Expected Completion date 2025

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