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The effects of error management climate and safety communication on safety: a multi-level study.

Authors
Cigularov-KP; Chen-PY; Rosecrance-J
Source
Accid Anal Prev 2010 Sep; 42(5):1498-1506
NIOSHTIC No.
20037621
Abstract
Work in the construction industry is considered inherently dangerous, despite the technological improvements regarding the safety of work conditions and equipment. To address the urgent need to identify organizational predictors of safety performance and outcomes among construction workers, the present study examined multi-level effects of two important indicators of safety climate, namely contractor error management climate and worker safety communication, on safety behavior, injury, and pain among union construction workers. Data were collected from 235 union construction workers employed by 15 contractors in Midwest and Northwest regions of the United States. Results revealed significant main effects for safety communication and error management climate on safety behaviors and pain, but not on injuries. Our findings suggest that positive safety communication and error management climate are important contributors to improving workplace safety. Specific implications of these results for organizational safety research and practice are discussed.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Worker-motivation; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Safety behavior; Safety climate; Injury; Pain; Multi-level analysis; Construction
Contact
Konstantin P. Cigularov, Illinois Institute of Technology, 3105 South Dearborn, Suite 252, Chicago, IL 60616-3793
CODEN
AAPVB5
Publication Date
20100901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
kcigular@iit.edu
Funding Type
Construction; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0001-4575
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Accident Analysis and Prevention
State
IL; IA; MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Worker's Rights
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