Sa-OR-S136-3 - Can safety trainings buffer the effects of job risks on accident severity? An organizational level analysis in high-risk industries

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Oral Presentation
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Saturday May 20   12:00 PM to 12:15 PM (15 minutes)
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Occupational and organizational safety
Risk and safety management
Sa-OR-S136-3
Can safety trainings buffer the effects of job risks on accident severity?
An organizational level analysis in high-risk industries
J. Bunner 1,*, R. Prem 1, C. Korunka 1
1University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
 
Content: Purpose
Safety trainings are vital means for organizations to prevent accidents among their staff, especially in high-risk industries. However, there is no conclusive evidence of the effect of safety trainings regarding objective accident data. This study investigates safety trainings (regularity and quality) as a moderator in the effects of psychological and physical risks on objectively measured accident severity.
Design/Methodology
Safety engineers assessed the psychological and physical job risks that the employees of 232 wood and metal processing companies are exposed to in their jobs as well as the regularity and quality of safety trainings. Objective data on accident severity for the following four years was provided by the Austrian Social Insurance for Occupational Risks (AUVA).
Results
Hierarchical regression analyses showed no significant results for the effects of psychological and physical risks on accident severity. However, the regularity of safety trainings attenuated the effects of physical risks on accident severity (ß = -.183, p < .05).
Limitations
Our findings should be generalizable to other industries, however data collection was limited to the wood- and metal processing industries.
Research/Practical Implications
Future research should focus on the design of safety trainings to reduce accident severity among different physical and psychological job risks.
Originality/Value
The investigation of how safety training might buffer the effects of job risks on objectively measured accident severity is a new approach to workplace safety. 
 
 
 
 
 

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