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Intent to Adopt Location Sharing for Logging Safety Applications

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Department of Forest, Rangeland, and Fire Sciences, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Office of Grant and Project Development, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Department of Natural Resources and Society, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID 83844, USA
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Received: 7 November 2018 / Revised: 15 January 2019 / Accepted: 15 January 2019 / Published: 24 January 2019
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Abstract

Logging entails work in remote areas with multiple hazards and consistently ranks among the most fatal occupations in the United States. Location-sharing (LS) devices that enable users to communicate geographic positions to others have been suggested as a technological approach to improving workplace safety on logging operations. This study investigated logger intent to adopt LS-based safety practices. Employing concepts from the Theory of Planned Behavior, including intent, attitude, norms, and perceived behavioral control, we surveyed Idaho loggers at three logger training programs. We evaluated their likelihood of using LS devices on logging operations and examined factors associated with LS adoption. The results showed that Idaho loggers are likely to use (a) automatic position updates for hand fallers, (b) LS devices on all ground workers and heavy equipment, and (c) LS technology for general situational awareness. Participants also recognized specific safety benefits to LS, particularly for emergency situations, such as communicating the need for help or expediting the discovery of injured coworkers. Our findings support further development of LS technology for logging safety, particularly devices and applications that facilitate injury response for isolated workers, such as hand fallers. View Full-Text
Keywords: location-based services; situational awareness; Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB); survey; occupational safety; Idaho; cable logging; Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) location-based services; situational awareness; Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB); survey; occupational safety; Idaho; cable logging; Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)
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Wempe, A.M.; Keefe, R.F.; Newman, S.M.; Paveglio, T.B. Intent to Adopt Location Sharing for Logging Safety Applications. Safety 2019, 5, 7.

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