Relationships among Worker Gender, Communication Patterns, and Safety Performance in Work Zones

PI: Jessica Kaminsky (UW),
Dates: 01/16/2015 – 06/15/2016
Status: Completed
Project Information
Final Technical Report

Safety communication, including safety training, is an important and cost effective tool for achieving excellent safety performance during construction (Hallowell 2010). However, recent work has identified that worker demographics has an impact on how safety knowledge is shared. Thus, the proposed research intends to study how worker gender impacts patterns of work crew safety communication on roadway construction in the Pacific Northwest. This project hypothesizes that work crews with both male and female members (or, gender diverse work crews) show different communication patterns and worse safety performance than crews without gender diversity and investigate this hypothesis by various methods in the project.