Site Worker Perceptions of Safety Critical Roles and Their Actions: Implications for Culture Change in Construction Organisations
Dingsdag, Donald P., Sheahan, Vaughn L., & Biggs, Herbert C. (2006) Site Worker Perceptions of Safety Critical Roles and Their Actions: Implications for Culture Change in Construction Organisations. In CIB99 International Conference on Global Unity for Safety & Health in Construction, 28/06/2006, Beijing, China.
When construction companies seek to improve their safety culture, they often look for a training solution. A barrier to the effective implementation of safety culture and behaviour based safety (BBS) training is the difficulty in establishing who specifically should receive the costly training and what the most appropriate content might be. To elucidate which safety roles (positions) within the industry have the most influence over the behaviour and attitudes of frontline workers, a survey was administered to the frontline workforce of large Australian contractors. Analysis of the 107 responses revealed that workers saw the four most influential roles in driving safety on site to be: a) Site based Occupational Health and Safety Advisors ; b) Foremen/ Supervisors; c) Union Representatives / Stewards and d) the workforce themselves. The most important characteristics required by these positions to promote and drive safety culture are: i) a strong knowledge of rules and regulations; ii) good communication and interpersonal skills; and iii) behaviour and actions that enforce and monitor safety. Hence, when companies are seeking to initiate cultural change, according to the survey data, the three management roles identified above should be the first targeted for training, with a particular focus on increasing the level of safety knowledge and the interpersonal skills of the occupant of the role.
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|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Keywords:||foremen, OHS advisors, frontline workers, safety roles, training, safety culture, behavioural change|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
|Divisions:||Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2006 (please consult author)|
|Deposited On:||12 Jul 2006|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 13:23|
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