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Accid Anal Prev. 2014 Dec;73:340-50. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2014.09.003. Epub 2014 Sep 29.

Profiling contextual factors which influence safety in heavy vehicle industries.

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1
Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Level 4, K-Block, 130 Victoria Park Rd., Queensland 4059, Australia. Electronic address: jason.edwards@qut.edu.au.
2
Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove, Level 4, K-Block, 130 Victoria Park Rd., Queensland 4059, Australia.

Abstract

A significant proportion of worker fatalities within Australia result from truck-related incidents. Truck drivers face a number of health and safety concerns. Safety culture, viewed here as the beliefs, attitudes and values shared by an organisation's workers, which interact with their surrounding context to influence behaviour, may provide a valuable lens for exploring safety-related behaviours in heavy vehicle operations. To date no major research has examined safety culture within heavy vehicle industries. As safety culture provides a means to interpret experiences and generate behaviour, safety culture research should be conducted with an awareness of the context surrounding safety. The current research sought to examine previous health and safety research regarding heavy vehicle operations to profile contextual factors which influence health and safety. A review of 104 peer-reviewed papers was conducted. Findings of these papers were then thematically analysed. A number of behaviours and scenarios linked with crashes and non-crash injuries were identified, along with a selection of health outcomes. Contextual factors which were found to influence these outcomes were explored. These factors were found to originate from government departments, transport organisations, customers and the road and work environment. The identified factors may provide points of interaction, whereby culture may influence health and safety outcomes.

KEYWORDS:

Heavy vehicle; Organisational safety; Profiling contextual factors which influence safety in heavy vehicle industries; Safety climate; Safety culture; Truck

PMID:
25269101
DOI:
10.1016/j.aap.2014.09.003
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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