Too individualistic for safety culture? Non-traffic related work safety among heavy goods vehicle drivers

Tidsskriftartikel - 2016

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This article reports on a study of non-traffic related work safety among drivers of heavy goods vehicles in Denmark. In the heavy goods vehicle transport (HGV) sector only 6.4% of workplace accidents involving drivers are traffic related. HGV work is characterised by solitary work, as drivers tend to work at a physical distance from their own company and their working environment is also influenced by the working environment of other companies e.g. the places where they deliver goods. This study focuses on an analysis of HGV drivers' and managers' differentiated understandings of risk and safety and its management within an organisational context. The situational focus involves viewing HGV drivers' working environment as a part of the organisational structure as well as of other social relationships. An understanding of safety culture as practice is applied with the view of identifying values and attitudes as well as organisational and technical aspects in relation to how individualist or collectivist understandings of risk and safety influence the working environment in HGVs.

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Grytnes R, Shibuya H, Dyreborg J, Grøn S, Cleal BR. Too individualistic for safety culture? Non-traffic related work safety among heavy goods vehicle drivers. Transportation Research Part F 2016;40:145-155.
doi: 10.1016/j.trf.2016.04.012

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