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Safety Initiatives in Support of Safety Culture Development: Examples from Four Mining Organisations
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3892-8352
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8061-7208
2023 (English)In: Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration, ISSN 2524-3462, Vol. 40, no 4, p. 1007-1020Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Having seen significant improvements to accident rates in the last 40 years, companies in the Swedish mining industry now show a greater focus on the development of safety cultures throughout their organisations and workplaces. However, there is a lack of research examining the different safety initiatives and strategies practiced in the industry today. This study explores the potential influence and consequences such initiatives may have on the development of safety cultures in the Swedish mining industry. Twelve interviews with experts on safety initiatives from four different Swedish mining organisations were conducted and analysed in a process based on qualitative thematic analysis to identify notable connections to safety culture development. The results of these interviews highlight proclivities in the implementation and use of safety initiatives such as subjects of focus, methods and desired effects. This enables the interpretation of the conceptualisation and methods for the development of safety culture in these organisations based on their approaches to safety development. We believe the results of this study can serve as support for discussions on safety culture development in the Swedish mining industry, and be of interest for international mining industries, in addition to approaches to research in this field. However, we also believe it is important to emphasise the opportunities to approach safety culture in mining from different perspectives than those common today.

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Springer, 2023. Vol. 40, no 4, p. 1007-1020
Keywords [en]
Mining industry, Safety culture development, Safety management, Safety initiatives
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-99233DOI: 10.1007/s42461-023-00809-yISI: 001032058200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85165207450OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-99233DiVA, id: diva2:1783347
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VinnovaSwedish Energy AgencySwedish Research Council Formas
Note

Validerad;2023;Nivå 2;2023-08-16 (marisr);

Funder: Swedish Mining and Metal Producing Industry (STRIM) (grant no. 2017-05438)

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Available from: 2023-07-20 Created: 2023-07-20 Last updated: 2023-08-16Bibliographically approved

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