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The Spillover Effects on Employees’ Life of Construction Enterprises’ Safety Climate

by Xiang Wu 1,2, Wenwen Yin 3, Chunlin Wu 4,5,* and Xiaowei Luo 6
School of Engineering and Technology, China University of Geosciences (Beijing), Beijing 100083, China
Key Laboratory of Deep Geodrilling Technology, Ministry of Land and Resources, Beijing 100083, China
Department of Engineering Physics, Tsinghua University, Beijing 100084, China
School of Economics and Management, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Beijing Key Laboratory of Emergency Support Simulation Technologies for City Operations, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China
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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 2060;
Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 24 October 2017 / Accepted: 7 November 2017 / Published: 10 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Economic, Business and Management Aspects of Sustainability)
Organizational safety climate will produce spillover effects and thus affect the individuals’ performance in their family life. As a mainstay industry in many countries, the construction industry has a considerable number of employees and the research on the spillover effects from the safety climate of construction enterprises has important theoretical and practical significance to improve the safety behavior of construction employees in their family life. In this study, we thoroughly reviewed the literature to identify the dimensions of the safety climate spillover, obtain empirical data of the construction employees through a questionnaire survey, and use the data analysis method to study the spillover effects of the safety climate of the construction enterprises from the perspective of work–family integration, and reveal its influence mechanism. This study developed a questionnaire to measure the safety climate spillover of the construction enterprises including two dimensions, namely values and behaviors, with nine measured items. Management commitment and safety attitude in the safety climate were positively related to the spillover, and management commitment had the greatest impact on the spillover, while the other components were not significantly related to the spillover. The two forms of spillover, values and behaviors, were mutually influential, and the safety climate had a more significant impact on the values. This paper contributes to the current safety research by developing a factor structure of spillover effects of the safety climate on the lives of construction employees, thus providing a more profound interpretation of this crucial construct in the safety research domain. The spillover effects of the safety climate’s measurement questionnaire serve as an important tool for spillover among construction enterprises. Findings can facilitate improvement in both theories and practices related to the spillover effects of the safety climate on the lives of employees. This paper studies the spillover effects of construction enterprises’ safety climate, to reveal its influencing mechanism, and can thus provide theoretical guidance for preventing safety accidents in employees’ life. View Full-Text
Keywords: safety climate; spillover; construction enterprises; values; behaviors safety climate; spillover; construction enterprises; values; behaviors
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Wu, X.; Yin, W.; Wu, C.; Luo, X. The Spillover Effects on Employees’ Life of Construction Enterprises’ Safety Climate. Sustainability 2017, 9, 2060.

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