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Accid Anal Prev. 1994 Feb;26(1):27-39.

Assessing the safety environment in work organization of road maintenance jobs.

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  • 1Institute of Occupational Health, Department of Occupational Safety, Vantaa, Finland.


The present study examines workers' responses to the safety environment in relation to organizational, individual, and situational factors in road maintenance jobs. A self-administered questionnaire including 80 variables was used to collect data from the workers. The study population consisted of 207 workers at nine work places. The survey response rate was 93% (193 workers). The attitudes of coworkers, and judgments and attentiveness had a statistically highly significant effect on the worker's own attitude. The attitudes of supervisors, attitudes of coworkers, and the manner of instructing had a statistically highly significant effect on the performance feedback. The workers felt that the establishment of safe work habits would be most affected by the road supervisor's management methods and feedback. A considerable proportion of the workers believed that risk taking was part of their job.

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