Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers

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White, Katherine M., Jimmieson, Nerina L., Obst, Patricia L., Gee, Phillip, Haneman, Lara, O'Brien-McInally, Beth and Cockshaw, Wendell. (2016) Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers. Safety Science. 82, pp. 164 - 173. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008
AuthorsWhite, Katherine M., Jimmieson, Nerina L., Obst, Patricia L., Gee, Phillip, Haneman, Lara, O'Brien-McInally, Beth and Cockshaw, Wendell
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.

Keywordselectrical safety; safety compliance; attitudes; barriers; theory of planned behavior
Year2016
JournalSafety Science
Journal citation82, pp. 164 - 173
PublisherElsevier BV
ISSN0925-7535
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008
Scopus EID2-s2.0-84942284238
Page range164 - 173
Research GroupSchool of Philosophy
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Place of publicationNetherlands
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