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Mining safely: examining the moderating role of safety climate on mineworkers' mental health and safety behavior nexus

Emmanuel Kodwo Amoako (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Saviour Ayertey Nubuor (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Abdul-Razak Suleman (School of Business and Law, Centre for People, Place and Planet, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia)
Amin Abdul Bawa (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)
Bridget Akwetey-Siaw (Department of Organisation and Human Resource Management, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana)

Kybernetes

ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 31 August 2023

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Abstract

Purpose

The study aims to investigate the impact of anxiety and depression (dimensions of mental health) on mineworkers' safety behaviors (safety compliance and safety participation) while examining the moderating role of safety climate on these relationships.

Design/methodology/approach

A quantitative research approach with an explanatory cross-sectional survey research design was adopted. A total of 274 purposively selected mineworkers participated in the study. Responses were obtained from participants through a structured questionnaire which was analyzed using the partial least square structural equation modeling.

Findings

Anxiety had a significant negative effect on safety compliance but not participation. However, depression was found to have a significant negative effect on both mineworkers' safety compliance and participation behaviors. The findings of the study also show that safety climate moderates the relationships between the dimensions of mental health and mineworkers' safety behavior except for the relationship between anxiety and mineworkers' safety participation behavior.

Originality/value

The study offers an account of the negative effect of mental health on mineworkers' safety behavior whiles highlighting that safety climate is an important construct to mitigate the negative effects of mental illness on the safety behaviors of mineworkers.

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Citation

Amoako, E.K., Nubuor, S.A., Suleman, A.-R., Abdul Bawa, A. and Akwetey-Siaw, B. (2023), "Mining safely: examining the moderating role of safety climate on mineworkers' mental health and safety behavior nexus", Kybernetes, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print. https://doi.org/10.1108/K-06-2023-1067

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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