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Understanding and defining OH & S competency for construction site positions: Worker perceptions

Dingsdag, Donald P., Biggs, Herbert C., & Sheahan, Vaughn L. (2008) Understanding and defining OH & S competency for construction site positions: Worker perceptions. Safety Science, 46(4), pp. 619-633.

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Abstract

This research sought to examine the opinions, attitudes and perceptions of construction workers on the skills, knowledge and behaviours that contribute to safety culture. Questionnaire data from workers on construction sites suggested that workers' perceptions of the primary characteristics of safety culture validated accepted precepts of safety culture found in safety culture theory, such as communication and was at variance with several safety critical leadership positions. Analysis of the 107 questionnaire responses suggested that workers saw the four most influential safety critical positions to be at construction site level and not at 'head office.' Ranked according to preference these are: Occupational Health and Safety Officers, Foremen / Supervisors, Trade Union Representatives and the workers themselves. There was no evidence in this survey of an expected level of recognition of safety critical leadership positions at executive management level. Worker perceptions of safety culture promotion included training and education, a strong knowledge of rules and regulations, good communication and interpersonal skills and behaviour and actions that enforce and monitor safety.

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ID Code: 8712
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Occupational health and safety, safety critical positions, training, education, safety culture, behavioural change
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2007.06.008
ISSN: 0925-7535
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 2008 Elsevier
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 20 Jul 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:41

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