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Construction, Destruction, and Safety: A cross-sectional study of the measurement of and relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on construction sites in Sweden

Lettmann, Hannah LU (2018) PSYP01 20181
Department of Psychology
Abstract
Destructive leadership is a phenomenon widely known in organizations and may have severe consequences in high-risk environments such as the construction industry. The present study investigated the measurement of and relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on 2 construction sites in Sweden. It was assumed that the Destrudo-L exhibits at least an acceptable level of internal consistency on all subscales (H1a), that it is a reliable measurement of destructive leadership on a construction site (H1b), and that safety climate and destructive leadership together provide a significantly better prediction of risk behavior than each of the predictors alone (H2). Participants were 30 male construction workers... (More)
Destructive leadership is a phenomenon widely known in organizations and may have severe consequences in high-risk environments such as the construction industry. The present study investigated the measurement of and relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on 2 construction sites in Sweden. It was assumed that the Destrudo-L exhibits at least an acceptable level of internal consistency on all subscales (H1a), that it is a reliable measurement of destructive leadership on a construction site (H1b), and that safety climate and destructive leadership together provide a significantly better prediction of risk behavior than each of the predictors alone (H2). Participants were 30 male construction workers (20-64 years) who were primarily from Sweden. A cross-sectional design was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data via 3 questionnaires: the Destrudo- L, a safety climate, and a risk behavior questionnaire. Results showed that applying the Destrudo-L to the construction site yielded an acceptable level of internal consistency (H1a confirmed) and could thus reliably measure the perception of destructive leadership on a construction site (H1b confirmed). Safety climate and destructive leadership were significant predictors of risk behavior when tested individually, but not in combination. In a direct comparison, destructive leadership was a better predictor of risk behavior than safety climate (H2 not confirmed).
In conclusion, the present study is one of the first to provide insights into the relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on construction sites. These results can be used to design measures to improve safety climate and organizational reactions to destructive leadership, which may reduce accident rates in the construction industry. (Less)
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Lettmann, Hannah LU
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PSYP01 20181
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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English
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8960007
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  abstract     = {Destructive leadership is a phenomenon widely known in organizations and may have severe consequences in high-risk environments such as the construction industry. The present study investigated the measurement of and relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on 2 construction sites in Sweden. It was assumed that the Destrudo-L exhibits at least an acceptable level of internal consistency on all subscales (H1a), that it is a reliable measurement of destructive leadership on a construction site (H1b), and that safety climate and destructive leadership together provide a significantly better prediction of risk behavior than each of the predictors alone (H2). Participants were 30 male construction workers (20-64 years) who were primarily from Sweden. A cross-sectional design was used to collect quantitative and qualitative data via 3 questionnaires: the Destrudo- L, a safety climate, and a risk behavior questionnaire. Results showed that applying the Destrudo-L to the construction site yielded an acceptable level of internal consistency (H1a confirmed) and could thus reliably measure the perception of destructive leadership on a construction site (H1b confirmed). Safety climate and destructive leadership were significant predictors of risk behavior when tested individually, but not in combination. In a direct comparison, destructive leadership was a better predictor of risk behavior than safety climate (H2 not confirmed).
In conclusion, the present study is one of the first to provide insights into the relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on construction sites. These results can be used to design measures to improve safety climate and organizational reactions to destructive leadership, which may reduce accident rates in the construction industry.},
  author       = {Lettmann, Hannah},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Construction, Destruction, and Safety: A cross-sectional study of the measurement of and relationship between safety climate, destructive leadership, and risk behavior on construction sites in Sweden},
  year         = {2018},
}