Assessing the inter-analyst reliability of the RIAAT process

P. F. Cordeiro, C. Jacinto, Fernando P. Santos

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Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary assessment of the inter-analyst reliability of the RIAAT procedure, which is a recent tool developed for the Recording, Investigation and Analysis of Accidents at Work. The study involved 5 analysts who applied the RIAAT procedure to a set of 11 accidents at work occurred in a Portuguese company. The study focused on 8 nominal variables considered as key-variables within RIAAT. Reliability was measured with three coefficients for calculating the level of agreement between analysts. Overall, the results showed a low inter-analysts reliability for all variables tested; the first 4 (Eurostat variables included in RIAAT) held a reliability level almost acceptable. The remaining 4 variables (RIAAT-specific) led to lower agreements; this may be explained by their use in the analysis and coding of more "distant" causal factors. The authors argue for the benefit of having a well-trained team of investigators rather than one person, as it enhances reliability of information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational Safety and Hygiene II - Selected Extended and Revised Contributions from the International Symposium Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014
Editors Arezes et al
PublisherTaylor & Francis Group
Pages19-24
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138001442
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014 - Guimaraes, Portugal
Duration: 13 Feb 201414 Feb 2014

Conference

Conference10th International Symposium on Occupational Safety and Hygiene, SHO 2014
CountryPortugal
CityGuimaraes
Period13/02/1414/02/14

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