The effects of error management climate and safety communication on safety: a multi-level study

Accid Anal Prev. 2010 Sep;42(5):1498-506. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2010.01.003. Epub 2010 Feb 2.


Work in the construction industry is considered inherently dangerous, despite the technological improvements regarding the safety of work conditions and equipment. To address the urgent need to identify organizational predictors of safety performance and outcomes among construction workers, the present study examined multi-level effects of two important indicators of safety climate, namely contractor error management climate and worker safety communication, on safety behavior, injury, and pain among union construction workers. Data were collected from 235 union construction workers employed by 15 contractors in Midwest and Northwest regions of the United States. Results revealed significant main effects for safety communication and error management climate on safety behaviors and pain, but not on injuries. Our findings suggest that positive safety communication and error management climate are important contributors to improving workplace safety. Specific implications of these results for organizational safety research and practice are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Occupational / prevention & control*
  • Accidents, Occupational / psychology
  • Adult
  • Communication*
  • Data Collection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Labor Unions
  • Male
  • Metallurgy
  • Middle Aged
  • Organizational Culture*
  • Personnel Management
  • Safety Management / standards*