Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers

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, 82 164-173. doi:10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008

Author White, Katherine M.
Jimmieson, Nerina L.
Obst, Patricia L.
Gee, Phillip
Haneman, Lara
O'Brien-McInally, Beth
Cockshaw, Wendell
Title Identifying safety beliefs among Australian electrical workers
Journal name Safety Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-7535
Publication date 2016-02-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.ssci.2015.09.008
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 82
Start page 164
End page 173
Total pages 10
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted 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.
Keyword Attitudes
Electrical safety
Safety compliance
Theory of planned behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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