An empirical investigation of safety climate in container terminal operators

Chin-shan Lu, Kuo Chung Shang

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Abstract

Introduction: This study empirically evaluates the crucial dimensions of safety climate from a container terminal operator's perspective, specifically in the Port of Kaohsiung. Method: Seven safety climate dimensions are identified based on factor analysis: (a) supervisor safety, (b) job safety, (c) coworkers' safety, (d) safety management, (e) safety training, (f) safety rules and special safety training, and (g) job pressure. Cluster analysis is subsequently performed to form worker groups. Respondents are categorized into four groups on the basis of their factor scores in safety climate dimensions: (a) safety management oriented terminal operators, (b) safety training and management oriented terminal operators, (c) job safety and supervisor safety oriented terminal operators, and (d) coworkers' safety oriented terminal operators. Results: Results indicate that safety training and management oriented terminal operators have the best safety performance, followed by safety management oriented terminal operators, job safety and supervisor safety oriented terminal operators, and coworkers' safety oriented terminal operators. Theoretical and practical implications of the research findings are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-308
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings from the Economic Evaluation of Health and Safety Interventions at the Company Level Conference -
Duration: 5 Aug 2005 → …

Keywords

  • Cluster analysis
  • Container terminal operator
  • Factor analysis
  • Safety climate
  • Safety performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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