Research Updates

Protective powers of supervisor safety support

Gabrielle Lis

Worker survey says supervisors act as a safety net when other aspects of the working environment increase vulnerability to injury.

Take home messages Workers who say that their supervisor is aware of the risks in the working environment and take all reasonable actions to prevent injury are less likely to be injured than those who report less safety support from their supervisor. Supervisors who are “safety supportive” (i.e. those aware of risks and actively engaged in preventing injury) protect workers from injury even when those workers are exposed to workpl...

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