Safety in work vehicles : a multi-level study linking safety values and individual predictors to work-related driving crashes

Newnam, Sharon A., Griffin, Mark A., & Mason, Claire M. (2008) Safety in work vehicles : a multi-level study linking safety values and individual predictors to work-related driving crashes. Journal of Applied Psychology, 93(3), pp. 632-644.

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Abstract

Although work-related driving is associated with high accident rates, limited research has investigated the factors influencing driving crashes in the work setting. This study explored multilevel influences on self-reported crashes in the workplace, by surveying a sample of work-related drivers (n=380), their workgroup supervisor (n=88) and fleet manager (n=47). At the driver level of analysis, safety motivation predicted self reported crashes. In turn, drivers’ perceptions of their fleet managers’ safety values, but not drivers’ perceptions of their supervisors’ safety values, their own attitudes and efficacy beliefs predicted motivation to drive safely. Furthermore, the influence of supervisors and fleet managers interacted, such that drivers were more motivated to drive safely if they perceived both their supervisor and fleet manager to value safety. This study also explored the cross-level relationships between supervisor and fleet manager perceptions of organizational safety values and drivers’ perceptions of managerial safety values, and found a relationship between fleet managers’ perceptions of organizational safety values, and drivers’ perceptions of fleet managers’ safety values. These results illustrate that perceptions of workplace safety values are transmitted across levels of the organization.

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ID Code: 17295
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: safety climate, fleet safety, multi-level modelling
DOI: 10.1037/0021-9010.93.3.632
ISSN: 0021-9010
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 American Psychological Association
Deposited On: 03 Feb 2009 01:02
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:52

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