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Safety culture development in the construction industry: The case of a safety park in Sweden
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6063-3817
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1367-3277
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4314-7032
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Technology and Arts, Humans and Technology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8061-7208
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2023 (English)In: Heliyon, E-ISSN 2405-8440, Vol. 9, no 9, article id e18679Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The problem of occupational accidents in the construction industry has necessitated a focus on proactive measures such as safety management programs. An example of this is safety parks, i.e. facilities where employees and managers from different construction companies can participate in site-specific activities and train in safety-related matters in a realistic context. Two specific focus areas are often present within these types of safety management programs: hands-on safety training and safety culture development as being within the purview of management. The purpose of this article is to investigate the developers’ intentions with the park in relation to safety culture development. Twenty interviews were conducted with experts in the area of health and safety. Results indicate that the safety park can contribute as a mirror for the companies own operations, with new information and knowledge of how work can be performed with safety being prioritized, to developing communication regarding safety-related matters, and finally the stations at the park may initiate a translation process as to how the lessons learned at the park can be applied to the participants’ own workplaces. All in all, the activities at the park can be said to be normative in nature, i.e. the developers seemingly have a desire to steer the safety culture development in a certain direction. There is a need for further research focusing on the concept of safety culture in these types of programs and, more broadly, in relation to its intended industry-wide effects.

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Elsevier, 2023. Vol. 9, no 9, article id e18679
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Safety management, Safety culture, Safety training
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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-99729DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2023.e18679Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85168999752OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-99729DiVA, id: diva2:1787960
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AFA Insurance, 190061
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Validerad;2023;Nivå 2;2023-11-07 (sofila);

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