The influence of safety leadership, social support, and psychological capital on construction safety climate

Cheung, C, Zhang, P, Hsu, M and Wang, R 2018, 'The influence of safety leadership, social support, and psychological capital on construction safety climate', in Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference, Belfast, Ireland, 3-5 September 2018, pp. 274-283.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title The influence of safety leadership, social support, and psychological capital on construction safety climate
Author(s) Cheung, C
Zhang, P
Hsu, M
Wang, R
Year 2018
Conference name Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) 34th Annual Conference
Conference location Belfast, Ireland
Conference dates 3-5 September 2018
Proceedings title Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) Thirty-Fourth Annual Conference
Publisher Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM)
Place of publication Belfast, Ireland
Start page 274
End page 283
Total pages 10
Abstract Safety climate refers to employees' perceptions of their work environment in relation to safety. Over the past 30 years, much research focuses on validating safety climate as a leading indicator of safety outcomes. Relatively little attention has been paid to the antecedents of safety climate and studying safety climate as a multi-level construct. This missing piece of knowledge could hinder the development of effective interventions to improve safety climate. This longitudinal study addresses this issue by examining how safety leadership, social support, and psychological capital, and organizational-level safety climate could affect group-level safety climate. The study sample consisted of 281 construction professionals from a large U.S construction firm using online survey responses. The results of the structural equational modelling analysis showed that safety leadership, social support and organizational-level safety climate significantly contribute to group-level safety climate. In addition, psychological capital moderates the relationship between social support and group-level safety climate. The findings imply that supervisory safety leadership is particularly important to cultivate group-level safety climate, and organisations are recommended to enhance employees' levels of psychological capital in order to strengthen the effect of social support on group-level safety climate.
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
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