Organizational Safety Climate and Supervisor Safety Enforcement: Multi-level Explorations of the Causes of Accident Under-Reporting
Tahira M. Probst, Ph.D., Washington State University
Over 4 million employees are injured at work each year. While staggering, research indicates that these numbers may be gross underestimates of the true prevalence of employee accidents. Using survey data collected from over 2200 employees in 43 organizations, latent congruence modeling and hierarchical linear modeling will be used to examine the extent to which organizational-level safety climate and supervisor enforcement predict individual-level accident reporting behaviors. Results are expected to benefit HR professionals by pinpointing methods of increasing the accuracy of accident reporting, reducing actual safety incidents, and reducing the costs to individuals and organizations that result from under-reporting.
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