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Investigating the relationship between unsafe acts and organizational safety climate in drilling industry

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2019
Aydınlı, Hakan Oktay
Drilling for oil, gas, and geothermal both onshore and offshore is classified in a very hazardous job category. Thus, drilling site employees are expected to maintain high levels of job safety awareness. The aim of the current study is to investigate the relationship between unsafe acts and organizational safety climate in drilling industry. In the light of Reason’s human error taxonomy, Unsafe Act Questionnaire (USAQ) was developed. USAQ and Integrated Safety Climate Scale (ISCQ) were applied to drilling site employees. Factor analysis was conducted to test the factorial structure of USAQ and two-factor solution was determined. The first factor with 22 items was titled as Negligence of Occupational Safety Principles in Drilling Site (NOS). The second factor with 11 items was titled as Contravention of Occupational Safety Principles in Drilling Site (COS). According to the results of hierarchical regression analyses, top management’s and co-worker’s commitment and contribution to safety related to NOS and COS negatively while supervisor’s commitment and contribution to safety related NOS and COS positively. The results were discussed in detail according to the literature.