The Relationship between safety culture, aberrant behaviors and safety consequences

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2015
Yazıcı, Gülay
This thesis study aimed to explore safety culture, aberrant behaviors and safety consequences such as work accident and near-misses. Three main studies were conducted to analyze this relationship. The first study aimed to define safety culture dimensions unique to organizations by using archival data of work accident. 332 work accident report was analyzed by factor analysis. Five different safety culture dimensions were extracted. After completion of workshop and safety literature review, ten safety culture dimensions were determined. Safety culture matrix (SCM-FI) was developed as a result of in depth interview with 120 employees. Aberrant behavior questionnaire (ABQ-FI), 5-Likert scale with 52 items was developed by accident reports. Results showed that groups based on seniority, gender, and education level significantly differ in terms of communication, safe acts, reward and punishment and willingness to reach better. It was found that dimensions of employee commitment to safety and management commitment to safety has predictive value on error, violation, lapses and safe acts. Safety system was positively related and explained .12 o% of total variance. Moreover, management commitment to safety had predictive value on work accident whereas employee commitment to safety explained .08 % of total variance on near-misses. It was found that error, slip, lapses and safe acts did not predict work experience whereas whole types of aberrant behavior predict near-misses. The findings, possible limitations and unique contributions were discussed in sense of the related literature

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G. Yazıcı, “The Relationship between safety culture, aberrant behaviors and safety consequences,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2015.