Our approach

This research used a variety of different research methods to study occupational safety and health (OSH) on Tideway. Methods included:

  • Interviews with people working on the project
  • Focus groups with front line workers
  • Questionnaire surveys
  • Observation of meetings and other events, such as inductions, training and ‘stand-downs’
  • Review of project documentation and performance data

Four of our researchers were ‘embedded’ within a part of the project – Tideway, Central, East and West. This enabled us to see how OSH strategy was translated into OSH practice on different sites and to consider the reasons for any differences in approach.

Central to our longitudinal approach was a process of  ‘tagging’ and following issues over time to see how they evolved and how they impacted on and were influenced by other initiatives.