Date of Conferral
Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)
Brandon D. Simmons
Lack of effective occupational safety and health (OSH) strategies is a reason that
workplace accidents in the mining and quarrying industry remain high, making the
industry one of the riskiest operations worldwide. The purpose of this multiple case study
was to explore successful strategies mining and quarrying leaders in Zimbabwe used to
improve OSH. The key research question addressed successful strategies leaders in the
mining and quarrying industry use to improve employee occupational safety and health in
Zimbabwe. Six successful business leaders from 3 mining and quarrying mines in
Zimbabwe demonstrated an exception to unsafe practices, particularly through their
exceptional OSH improvement records. The conceptual framework of the study was
Deming's plan-do-study-act cycle theory. Data were gathered through review of
company documents, and in-depth interviews with 6 mining and quarrying leaders in
Zimbabwe who had successfully improved OSH strategies in the workplace. Transcribed
interview data were classified, coded, and analyzed. Themes that emerged included
organizational culture, compliance with rules and regulations, and accident prevention.
The results of the study indicate that successful OSH leaders designed the workplace,
trained and developed employees, and empowered and equipped employees with the
relevant skills and knowledge. The findings support positive social change by providing
mining and quarrying leaders with knowledge and skills to improve OSH strategies in the
workplace, thereby promoting a safe workplace and zero accident tolerance in the
workforce and the community.
Mabika, Bernard, "Improving Workers' Safety and Health in the Zimbabwean Mining and Quarrying Industry" (2018). Walden Dissertations and Doctoral Studies. 5499.