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Westerling, Ragnar
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Nordlöf, H., Wiitavaara, B., Winblad, U., Wijk, K. & Westerling, R. (2013). A description of reasons for risk-taking at a large steel manufacturing company. In: Ergonomics for equality: Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES), Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 august 2013: . Paper presented at NES2013 Ergonomics for equality, Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 august 2013.
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2013 (English)In: Ergonomics for equality: Nordic Ergonomics Society (NES), Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 august 2013, 2013Conference paper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Risk-taking in an industrial work environment is a serious matter since it involves the risk for bodily injuries and in worst case death. The aim of this study was to investigate reasons for risk-taking at a large steel manufacturing company in Sweden which employs about 1000 people.

Methods: Ten focus group interviews were conducted, each consisting of about 6–8 workers. The situation of safety at work was discussed in a semi-structured manner, letting the employees themselves explain the reasons behind risk-taking. The interviews were analyzed with qualitative content analysis.

Results: Reasons for risk-taking were formed into the following six aspects: 1.Being new-at-work. 2.Being tired. 3.Being nonchalant to the safety risks. 4.Working on routine and being “blind-to-flaws”. 5.Too little staff to do the job. 6.To stress, hurry, and work faster in order to save time. Conclusion: One’s state-of-the-day and external work environment circumstances affects risk-taking.

Keywords
Metal industry, Steel manufacturing company, Work environment, Occupational health and safety (OHS), Ergonomics, Risk-taking
National Category
Social Sciences Work Sciences Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-15085 (URN)
Conference
NES2013 Ergonomics for equality, Reykjavík, Iceland, 11-14 august 2013
Available from: 2013-08-28 Created: 2013-08-28 Last updated: 2018-06-28

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