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Effects of Safety Climate on Perceptions of Safety Performance in Container Terminal Operations

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This study empirically examined the effects of safety climate on container operation terminal employees' perceptions of safety performance in Kaohsiung Port in Taiwan using the structural equation modelling (SEM) technique. Factor analysis and a series of validity and reliability tests were conducted, which resulted in the identification of three critical safety climate dimensions, namely supervisor safety behaviour management, safety training programmes and co-workers' safety behaviour. There was a positive significant relationship between these three dimensions and safety performance. Results suggest that container operation terminals' management can enhance and refine these firms' safety climate by focusing especially on managing safety behaviour, safety training programmes and co-workers' safety behaviour, thereby reducing injuries and accidents.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Transportation and Navigation Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung City, Taiwan, ROC 2: Department of Transportation and Communication Management Science, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan City, Taiwan, ROC

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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