Assessing the safety climate of a state department of transportation through its highway maintenance crews

Ashtarout Ammar, Zamaan Al-Shabbani, Gabriel Dadi

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Abstract

It is well known in the construction industry that an organization's safety climate impacts its workers' safety behavior and is associated with better safety performance. However, the perception of an organization's management's safety rarely coincides with that of its employees. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is interested in improving their safety performance and, particularly, among their at-high-risk workgroup-highway maintenance crews by developing and implementing a positive safety climate. A cultural assessment was conducted by adopting and modifying a safety climate assessment tool, the "S-CAT," created by the Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR). The S-CAT tool was adopted to quantify the existing safety climate and assess the established safety programs and controls' efficiency in reducing work hazard risks among KYTC maintenance workers. The state of eight safety climate factors and 38 leading indicators was investigated and assessed, and the overall safety climate was found to be compliant and transitioning toward proactive, targeted to reach an exemplary state.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConstruction Research Congress 2022
Subtitle of host publicationHealth and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
EditorsFarrokh Jazizadeh, Tripp Shealy, Michael J. Garvin
Pages345-355
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9780784483985
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
EventConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022 - Arlington, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2022Mar 12 2022

Publication series

NameConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education - Selected Papers from Construction Research Congress 2022
Volume4-D

Conference

ConferenceConstruction Research Congress 2022: Health and Safety, Workforce, and Education, CRC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityArlington
Period3/9/223/12/22

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction

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