An Empirical Investigation of Safety Climate in Container Terminal Operators

Few studies have addressed the perception of safety climate and its relationship with safety performance in a container terminal setting. This study investigates seven safety climate dimensions from a container terminal operator's perspective, specifically in the Port of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The seven safety climate dimensions, identified based on factor analysis, are: supervisor safety; job safety; coworker safety; safety management; safety training; safety rules and special safety training; and job pressure. Cluster analysis is subsequently performed to form worker groups. Respondents are categorized into four groups on the basis of their factor scores in safety climate dimensions: (1) safety management oriented terminal operators; (2) safety training and management oriented terminal operators; (3) job safety and supervisor safety oriented terminal operators; and (4) coworker safety oriented terminal operators. Results indicate that safety training and management oriented terminal operators have the best safety performance, followed by safety management oriented terminal operators, job safety and supervisor safety oriented terminal operators, and coworker safety oriented terminal operators. These findings suggest that container terminals should first focus on safety management, and then find ways to create a bundle of safety dimensions to improve safety performance when creating a safety climate.

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    • Lu, Chin-Shan
    • Shang, Kuo-Chung
  • Publication Date: 2005

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01003828
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 2005 11:26PM