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Relationships between organizational climates and safety-related events at four wood manufacturers

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Evans, Demetrice D.; Michael, Judd H.; Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Ray, Charles D.; Ray, Charles D.

Year Published

2005

Publication

Forest Products Journal. 55(6): 23-28.

Abstract

Most segments of thewood manufacturing industry place a great deal of emphasis on production in order to meet daily orweekly productivity quotas. Unfortunately, conflicts often exist between productivity and employee safety, aswell as between productivity and quality. The perceived emphasis placed on each of these areas by an organization?s management will cultivate a corresponding climate within the workforce. This study examined the relationship between production employees? perceptions of productivity and quality climates and safety-related events. Data were collected with surveys of 526 production employees at 4 secondary wood products manufacturers in Pennsylvania. Results suggest that an increased emphasis on productivity is related to an increased number of incidents, while a stronger safety climate had an inverse relationship. These results imply that productivity climate is a useful factor in understanding employee safety-related incidents, and that managers should attempt to strike a better balance between climates for productivity, quality, and safety.

Citation

Evans, Demetrice D.; Michael, Judd H.; Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Ray, Charles D. 2005. Relationships between organizational climates and safety-related events at four wood manufacturers. Forest Products Journal. 55(6): 23-28.

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