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Developing safety cooperation in construction: between facilitating independence and tightening the grip

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Developing safety cooperation in construction : between facilitating independence and tightening the grip. / Grytnes, Regine; Tutt, Dylan E.; Andersen, Lars Peter Sønderbo.

I: Construction Management and Economics, Bind 38, Nr. 11, 11.2020, s. 977-992.

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