Case studies of occupational falls from heights: cognition and behaviour in context

Tidsskriftartikel - 2003

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Problem: The aim of this study was to examine individual workers' cognitive, behavioral, and motivational processes leading up to occupational falls from heights. Method: The study is based on 26 semistructured personal interviews and on-site investigations with male workers who reported to an emergency department for treatment of injuries due to falls from heights. Results: A greater number of workers carrying out nonroutine compared to routine tasks perceived, identified, interpreted, and attempted to control a fall hazard. Two cases are presented illustrating how cognition and behavior in context progresses from a lesser to a greater active role in the incident processes. Summary and impact on industry: The addition of full-scale investigations of how and why workers thought and behaved the way they did in a particular situation can give important clues as to whether preventive measures will be effective in a similar situation in the future.

Reference

Kines PA. Case studies of occupational falls from heights: cognition and behaviour in context. J Safety Res 2003;34(3):263-271.
doi: 10.1016/S0022-4375(03)00023-9

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