Safety climate and injury occurrence of repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition works : a comparison of workers, supervisors and managers

Hon, Carol K.H., Hinze, Jimmie Wayne, & Chan, Albert (2014) Safety climate and injury occurrence of repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition works : a comparison of workers, supervisors and managers. Facilities, 32(5/6), pp. 188-207.

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Abstract

Purpose

The repair, maintenance, minor alteration and addition (RMAA) sector has been expanding in many developed cities. Safety problems of the RMAA sector have attracted the attention of many governments. This study has the objectives of comparing the level of safety climate of workers, supervisors and managers in the RMAA sector; and explaining/ predicting the impact of safety climate on injury occurrence of workers, supervisors and managers.

Design/methodology/approach

A questionnaire survey was administered to RMAA contracting companies in Hong Kong.

Findings

When comparing the safety climate perception of workers, supervisors and managers in the RMAA sector, the supervisors group had the lowest mean safety climate score. Results showed that a positive workforce safety attitude and acceptance of safety rules and regulations reduced the workers’ likelihood of having injuries. A reasonable production schedule led to a lower probability of supervisors being injured. Management commitment and effective safety management reduced the probability of managers being injured.

Originality/value

This study revealed variations of safety climate at the different levels in the organizational hierarchy and their varying influence on safety performance of the RMAA sector. Safety of RMAA works could be improved by promulgating specific safety measures at the different hierarchy levels.

Impact and interest:

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ID Code: 70016
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Repair, Maintenance, Minor Alteration and Addition, RMAA, Health and Safety, Safety Climate, Injury Occurrence
ISSN: 0263-2772
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Emerald Group Publishing Inc
Copyright Statement: This article is (c) Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here (http://eprints.qut.edu.au/). Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2014 00:56
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2017 10:03

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