University of Oulu

Lindholm, M., Reiman, A., Jounila, H., Väyrynen, S., Ervasti, O., & Melleri, A. (2017). Personnel’s perceptions of occupational safety in rail transport work. International Journal of Human Factors and Ergonomics, 5(1), 44-60.

Personnel‘s perceptions of occupational safety in rail transport work

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Author: Lindholm, Maria1; Reiman, Arto1; Jounila, Henri1;
Organizations: 1Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 4610, 90014, Finland
2VR-Group Ltd, Finnish Railways, PO BOX 488, FI-00101 Helsinki
Format: article
Version: accepted version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Inderscience, 2017
Publish Date: 2018-12-07


In rail transport work, a wide variety of occupational accidents occur. This questionnaire study aims to investigate the occupational safety (OS) challenges and needs recognised by railway personnel (N = 9404). Altogether, 1087 people answered. Answers were categorised thematically, and differences in perceptions between personnel groups and between different business sectors inside the company were identified. Differences between the category distributions were analysed with chi-square tests. Participatory approaches to improve OS emerged from the answers, e.g., attitudes, discussing and training OS. Statistically significant differences e.g., in the above-mentioned themes were found between the groups. The results provide vital information for the company to direct OS actions to the right business sectors. This study shows how personnel can contribute important views and feedback to OS development processes in a new way. The results suggest that more focused OS actions are needed. Guidance for the allocation, prioritisation and scheduling are provided.

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Series: International journal of human factors and ergonomics
ISSN: 2045-7804
ISSN-E: 2045-7812
ISSN-L: 2045-7804
Volume: 5
Issue: 1
Pages: 44 - 60
DOI: 10.1504/IJHFE.2017.088417
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 222 Other engineering and technologies
3142 Public health care science, environmental and occupational health
Copyright information: © 2017 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.