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A large proportion of machinery-related deaths and injuries are attributable to risks originating with machine design and construction. This trend continues despite significant legal obligations and a substantial body of specialist knowledge relating to human factors and safety engineering. Combining empirical research conducted with machinery manufacturers with analysis of the factors that shape firms’ performances, such as knowledge and motivation, Liz Bluff’s book shows the multiple state and non-state influences creating plural responses among manufacturing firms. She suggests a number of innovative regulatory interventions to sustain the safe design and construction of machinery.
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Liz Bluff is a Director of the National Research Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Regulation (NRCOHSR) and a Research Fellow in the Regulatory Institutions Network. Her research focuses on health and safety regulation and governance, risk management, safe design, and the sociological and psychological factors shaping safety performance and compliance with state regulation.
We will also welcome Professor Bridget Hutter, Chair of Risk Regulation at the London School of Economics, and Professor Richard Johnstone of the Faculty of Law at the Queensland University of Technology, who will offer their expert views on Liz’s book.