Journal of Applied Structural Equation Modeling, Volume 1 Issue 1 – Published online: 10 June 2017

INVESTIGATING EMPLOYEE PERCEPTIONS OF WORKPLACE SAFETY AND SAFETY COMPLIANCE USING PLS-SEM AMONG TECHNICAL EMPLOYEES IN MALAYSIA
Chandrakantan Subramaniam, School of Business Management, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia
Faridahwati Mohd. Shamsudin, Othman Yeop Abdullah Graduate School of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia
Ahmad Said Ibrahim Alshuaibi, School of Business Management, College of Business, Universiti Utara Malaysia, Kedah, Malaysia
Corresponding Author: Chandrakantan Subramaniam | Email: [email protected]
ABSTRACT
Safety is an important employment issue that needs to be tackled because of the cost implications it brings to organizations. As Malaysia aspires to become a developed nation by 2020, reducing workplace accidents is one of the key employment concerns it aims to address. Literature indicates that one of the reasons for occupational accidents at work is unsafe behaviour. Adding to the safety research literature, this study examined to what extent perceptions of safety affect employees to comply with safety behaviour at work. A survey was conducted in a big telecommunication company in Malaysia among 135 technical employees. Partial least square (PLS) analysis was employed in this study to test the research hypothesis. Our measurement model resulted in five facets of employee perception whose validity and reliability were confirmed. The analysis on the structural model revealed that management safety practices was the most significant predictor of safety compliance, followed by, co-worker safety and job safety. However, no significant effect was found for supervisor safety and satisfaction with safety programs. Practical implications, limitations of the study, and future research direction are discussed.
Keywords: workplace safety practices, safety compliance, telecommunications industry, Malaysia, occupational accidents and injuries, PLS-SEM
Citation:  Subramaniam, Shamsudin and Alshuaibi (2017), Investigating employee perceptions of workplace safety and safety compliance using PLS-SEM among technical employees in Malaysia. Journal of Applied Structural Equation Modeling. 1(1), 43-60.
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