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      Perceived risk of occupational injury: control over pace of work and blue-collar versus white-collar work.

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      Perceptual and motor skills

      Ammons Scientific

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          Factors influencing the perception of risk of work-related accidental injury were investigated for 244 full-time employed men and women. Autonomy and freedom in one's work were the strongest predictors of perceived risk, with those respondents exercising the greatest control over their work perceiving the least risk of accidental injury. Two other dimensions of control over work-task repetitiveness and speed of pace-had weaker effects. Respondents using primarily blue collar kinds of equipment felt more at risk than those using white collar equipment or no equipment. This result is interpreted in terms of the impact of 'sudden harm' on perceptions. Present working conditions, represented by the number of hazards identified in the workplace, predicted perceived risk more strongly than previous accident history.

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          Journal
          Percept Mot Skills
          Perceptual and motor skills
          Ammons Scientific
          0031-5125
          0031-5125
          Jun 1990
          : 70
          : 3 Pt 2
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Centre for Experimental Sociology, University of Alberta.
          Article
          10.2466/pms.1990.70.3c.1351
          2399107

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