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Greener Journal of  Social Sciences Vol. 4 (1), pp. 016-023, January 2014

  ISSN: 2276-7800 © 2011 Greener Journals

Research Paper

Manuscript Number: 102213917


An Assessment of the Safety Culture of National Railways of Zimbabwe


Alick Munzara


Great Zimbabwe University, Department of Psychology and Human Resources Management, P.O. Box 1235 Masvingo Zimbabwe.


Email: alickmunzara52 @ yahoo. com, Tel: 263 39352253, Mobile: 263 772303865


The purpose of the study was to assess the safety culture of the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). A qualitative research methodology was adopted for the study. Purposive sampling was used to select the study participants and the data was collected through focus group discussions and individual interviews. Twenty three unstructured individual interviews and eight focus group discussions were conducted. The interviews and discussions were guided by five safety culture indicators namely, leadership; two-way communication; employee involvement; learning culture; and attitude towards blame. The findings revealed that NRZ was relatively strong with respect to employee involvement but was very weak in the other four safety culture indicators. The study thus concluded that on the whole NRZ had a weak safety culture. 

Keywords: organisational culture, safety culture; leadership; two-way communication; learning culture; blame culture; just culture.

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