The psychological predictors of work accidents and driving convictions in the transport industry

Carty, M., Stough, C. and Gillespie, N. (1999). The psychological predictors of work accidents and driving convictions in the transport industry. In: Safety Science Monitor. Safety in Action. Safety in Action, Melbourne, Australia, (4-1-4-13). 25-28 February 1998.

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Author Carty, M.
Stough, C.
Gillespie, N.
Title of paper The psychological predictors of work accidents and driving convictions in the transport industry
Conference name Safety in Action
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 25-28 February 1998
Proceedings title Safety Science Monitor. Safety in Action
Place of Publication Mt. Eliza, Vic., Australia
Publisher IPSO Australia
Publication Year 1999
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISSN 1443-8844
Volume 3
Issue Special
Start page 4-1
End page 4-13
Total pages 13
Language eng
Abstract/Summary The present study aimed to identify both cognitive and non-cognitive psychological measures that may be significant predictors of work related injuries within the transport industry. Sixty male transport drivers’ participated. The participants were required to complete the Driver Behaviour Inventory (Gulian, Matthews, Davies & Debney, 1989) the revised edition of the NEO Personality Inventory (Costa & McCrae, 1992) the Occupational Stress Inventory (Osipow & Spokane, 1992) and the General Health Questionnaire (Golberg, 1984). As hypothesised those participants who reported higher levels of stress both lifestyle and occupation related also reported a higher incidence of accidents and reporting of compensation claims. There was no indication of a relationship between extraversion and/or neuroticism with increased work injury or reported convictions. Exploratory findings suggest that individuals presenting more workers compensation claims as a result of injury and driving convictions report higher levels of conscientiousness and agreeableness and higher levels of excitement seeking. The cognitive information processing measures included the Inspection Time Task (Vickers, 1970) which is a measure of early information processing and components of the Multidimensional Aptitude Battery (Jackson, 1984) including a set of five performance tasks and one verbal task. As hypothesised those participants who performed better perceptually and who recorded higher spatial awareness, tend to report less work related driving accidents. The results are discussed in terms of selection tools and intervention programs for this ‘at risk industry’.
Subjects 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Sciences
321201 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety
Keyword Psychological measures
Work related injury
Transport industry
Occupational safety
Cognitive measures
Non-cognitive measures
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes "Safety in Action" Melbourne, February 1998. Special Issue of "Safety Science Monitor", July 1999. Article 4.

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