A comparison of inspection practices within the construction industry between the Danish and Swedish Work Environment Authorities

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A comparison of inspection practices within the construction industry between the Danish and Swedish Work Environment Authorities. / Nielsen, Kent Jacob.

I: Construction Management and Economics, Bind 35, Nr. 3, 2017, s. 154-169.

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