CASE STUDIES OF OCCUPATIONAL FALLS FROM HEIGHTS: COGNITION AND BEHAVIOR IN CONTEXT

The aim of this paper was to examine individual workers' cognitive, behavioral, and motivational processes leading up to occupational falls from heights. 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 were conducted. A greater number of workers carrying out nonroutine as compared to routine tasks perceived, identified, interpreted, and attempted to control a fall hazard. Two cases are provided illustrating how cognition and behavior in context progresses from a lesser to a greater active role in the incident processes. The addition of full-scale investigations of how and why workers thought and behaved the way they did in a given situation can yield key clues as to whether preventive measures can be effective in a similar situation in the future.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • Kines, P
  • Publication Date: 2003

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00964498
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 7 2003 12:00AM