Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers

White, Katherine M., Jimmieson, Nerina L., Obst, Patricia L., Gee, Phillip, Haneman, Lara, O’Brien-McInally, Beth, & Cockshaw, Wendell (2016) Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers. Safety Science, 82, pp. 164-173.

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Abstract

The current study explored underlying beliefs regarding work safety among a sample of experienced Australian electrical workers. A qualitative research methodology using the theory of planned behavior as a framework was employed. A series of interviews and focus groups with licensed electrical workers (N = 46) were analyzed using thematic content analysis. Beliefs were classified as advantages (e.g. personal safety of self and co-workers), disadvantages (e.g., inconvenience to customer/clients and workload), referents (e.g., supervisors, work colleagues, customers), barriers (e.g., time and cost), and facilitators (e.g., training and knowledge, equipment availability) of safety adherence. The belief basis of the theory of planned behavior was a useful framework for exploring workers’ safety beliefs. The identified beliefs can inform future research about the important factors influencing safe work decisions and inform strategies to promote safer workplace decision making within the electrical safety context.

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ID Code: 91443
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: electrical safety, safety compliance, attitudes, barriers, Theory of planned behavior
DOI: 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008
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 > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Management
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: 2015 Elsevier
Deposited On: 21 Dec 2015 23:21
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2016 05:16

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