Results of a new study by organisational psychology firm SACS Consulting reveal that workers in the utilities sector were the most motivated to ensure safety at work, and most likely to comply with OHS rules and participate in improving workplace safety.
According to Andrew Marty, Managing Director of SACS and Principal Researcher in the study, recent data from Safe Work Australia shows manufacturing workers make more than 16,000 serious workers compensation claims a year, while Transport and Storage has the second highest incidence of serious claims of all industries; given these statistics, employers are no doubt concerned about improving the safety of their workplaces.
Key results of the SACS study, Dangerous Personalities Making Work Unsafe:
The safest employees work in the Utilities, Local Government, and FMCG industries while Manufacturing, Construction and other trades were moderately safety conscious in comparison.
Workers differ in their approach to safety with some employees truly valuing safety at the fundamental level of their personality.
Overall, men tend to take safety more seriously at work than women.
Andrew Marty observes that it is possible to identify, based on the study, those workers that are likely to flout or support OHS and safety rules in the workplace. He adds that the study could be helpful in reducing unnecessary safety risks in the workplace for employers worried about reducing the costs of workers compensation and time lost to injury.