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Psychological Climate and Safety in the Construction Industry - Mediated Influence on Safety Behaviour

Journal article
Authors Susanna Larsson
Anders Pousette
Marianne Törner
Published in Safety Science
Volume 46
Issue 3
Pages 405-412
ISSN 0925-7535
Publication year 2008
Published at Institute of Medicine, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Pages 405-412
Language en
Keywords Occupational safety, Psychological climate, Organisational climate, Safety behaviour, Safety performance, Accident prevention
Subject categories Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified


Psychological climate has shown reliable relations to work outcomes. In the present study focus was placed on the significance of psychological climate for occupational safety. To gain further understanding of how to improve safety in organisations, mechanisms by which psychological climate may influence safety behaviour were investigated. A questionnaire survey was conducted among blue-collar construction workers (n = 189). Data were analysed using structural equation modelling (SEM). The results showed that psychological climate has direct and indirect relations to safety behaviour, and safety motivation and safety knowledge were found to be key mediators in explaining these relations.

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