Vol 63, No 2 (2012)
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Why do Filipinos have fewer reported work accidents than other nationals? Findings from literature

Sisse Grøn, Fabienne Knudsen
IMH 2012;63(2):96-101.


According to statistics, Filipinos working on Danish ships experience fewer work accidents than their colleagues. In an ongoing project, we are trying to find out what lies behind the figures. The first step of the project is a review of recent studies on the relationship between nationality and safety. The reviewed studies confirm that there is no reason to believe that employees’ ethnic or national background determines their safety practice, all things being equal, mainly because things are never equal. If we are to believe the reviewed studies, it is not the minority or migrant status, as such, which makes employees vulnerable, but more likely convergent factors.

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