Assuming that every person brings the same level of risk propensity to the job is a flawed assumption that is both erroneous and dangerous.This paper presents a four factor S.A.F.E. model of individual characteristics related to risk propensity. It follows that model’s performance in four empirical studies, three of which are longitudinal in nature.
The results provide consistent and convincing evidence that individual differences in risk profile can significantly affect safety outcomes including: injury rates, workers’ compensation claims, and OSHA recordables. This paper argues in favor of using accurate measures of risk propensity in the pre-employment hiring process as part of an integrative safety management program
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