The role of communication in managing the safety climate of construction site environments

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Greeff, E. 2017. The role of communication in managing the safety climate of construction site environments. Communicatio. 43 (1), pp. 103-121. https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2017.1306575
AuthorsGreeff, E.
Abstract

Managers in the construction sector are met with a critical charge: they are responsible for the safety of employees in one of the most notoriously dangerous industries in the world. In terms of managing the safety climate of construction site environments, no recommendations have been made in literature that truly elucidate the role of organisational communication therein. The aim of this research is to fill this void by enriching the seminal work of Mohamed (2002) which focusses in on the nature of safety climate in construction organisations, and the factors it comprises of. To this end, the research comprises a data-triangulated qualitative and quantitative empirical study undertaken at nine different construction sites in South Africa, which allowed for the reformulation of the model for safety climate management in construction environments, with an added understanding of the role of communication therein. In this, findings indicated that communication is conducive to a positive safety climate when it is managed to be strategic, holistic, relational and symmetrical. The model put forward in this article offers an empirical application of the four identified constructs of communication, which gives way to data-driven recommendations for use in construction organisation settings.

Keywordsconstruction sector ; safety climate; construction organisation settings
Year2017
JournalCommunicatio
Journal citation43 (1), pp. 103-121
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
ISSN 1753-5379
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/02500167.2017.1306575
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02500167.2017.1306575
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