Journal of Business and Psychology

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 303–318

Dimensions Of Interpersonal Relationships And Safety In The Steel Industry

  • George W. Watson
  • Dow Scott
  • James Bishop
  • Treasa Turnbeaugh

DOI: 10.1007/s10869-004-2230-2

Cite this article as:
Watson, G.W., Scott, D., Bishop, J. et al. J Bus Psychol (2005) 19: 303. doi:10.1007/s10869-004-2230-2


This paper extends theories explaining the influence of social determinants on workplace safety. Specifically, we applied social capital theory’s emphasis of trust, shared norms, and faithfulness to obligations to the outcomes of at-risk behavior and perceptions of a safe work environment. Data provided by 395 employees of a major steel company supported the hypothesis that shared employee norms predicted both perceptions of work environment safety and at-risk behavior, trust in supervisor predicted perceptions of a safe work environment, and belief in management’s safety values predicted at-risk behaviors.


workplace safety social capital theory safety culture 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • George W. Watson
    • 1
  • Dow Scott
    • 2
  • James Bishop
    • 3
  • Treasa Turnbeaugh
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Management, College of Business AdministrationBloomsburg University of PennsylvaniaBloomsburg
  2. 2.Loyola University ChicagoUSA
  3. 3.New Mexico State UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Marsh Risk ConsultingUSA

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