Safety climate/ culture

The effect of an innovative intervention to promote safety leadership practices among first-line construction supervisors.

Grants and funding: The Australian Research Council (Linkage Project), The Roads and Traffic Authority (NSW), and Baulderstone Pty Ltd.

This research investigated the effect of an innovative intervention to promote safety leadership practices among first-line construction supervisors, through which greater leverage on subordinates’ WHS behaviour can be gained. The significance of the research lay in the:

  • supervisory-level focus
  • complex sub-contracted labour application
  • innovative, applied experimental design.

Outcomes 

This research demonstrated the influence of group-level safety climate and supervisors’ safety leadership in influencing WHS performance in construction. A model of supervisory safety leadership was developed for the construction industry that could be implemented to improve WHS performance.

Key people

Lingard, Blismas, Wakefield and Cooke.

 

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