Title

Power and Influence: Examining the Communication Pathways that Impact on Safety in the Workplace

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

CCH Australia LTD

Faculty

Computing, Health and Science

School

Psychology and Social Science, Social Justice Research Centre

RAS ID

8397

Comments

This article was originally published as: Bahn, S. T. (2009). Power and influence: Examining the communication pathways influencing safety in the workplace. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 25(3), 213-222.

Abstract

This article examines the communication pathways that impact on safety in the civil construction industry in Western Australia. The data provided for this article represent the second phase of a PhD study exploring the management values in action that permeate the workplace culture and influence the daily practices of people working in this industry. This phase of the study examined the data collected in 2006 from 50 interviews with CEOs, OHS managers, supervisors, injured employees, and the supporting, training and legislative bodies that govern the civil construction industry. The study examines the complex and conflicting discourses that influence workplace safety, and demonstrates that communication is a critical determinant of safety in organisations

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