Iranian Journal of Public Health 2017. 46(3):380-388.

A Qualitative Study on Organizational Factors Affecting Occupational Accidents
Davood ESKANDARI, Mohammad Javad JAFARI, Yadollah MEHRABI, Mostafa Pouyakian, Hossein CHARKHAND, Mostafa MIRGHOTBI



Background: Technical, human, operational and organizational factors have been influencing the sequence of occupational accidents. Among them, organizational factors play a major role in causing occupational accidents. The aim of this research was to understand the Iranian safety experts’ experiences and perception of organizational factors.

Methods: This qualitative study was conducted in 2015 by using the content analysis technique. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews with 17 safety experts working in Iranian universities and industries and analyzed with a conventional qualitative content analysis method using the MAXQDA software.

Results: Eleven organizational factors’ sub-themes were identified: management commitment, management participation, employee involvement, communication, blame culture, education and training, job satisfaction, interpersonal relationship, supervision, continuous improvement, and reward system. The participants considered these factors as effective on occupational accidents.

Conclusion: The mentioned 11 organizational factors are probably involved in occupational accidents in Iran. Naturally, improving organizational factors can increase the safety performance and reduce occupational accidents.


Keywords: Occupational accident, Organizational factors, Qualitative research


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