Date of Conferral



Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.)


Business Administration


David A. Blum


Ineffective safety strategies contribute to work-related accidents making the workplace one of the hazardous locations in the United States. The findings might provide organizational managers with strategies to improve workplace safety practices leading to a healthier and safer work environment. Grounded in Heinrich’s safety management systems conceptual model, the purpose of this qualitative single case study was to explore strategies organizational managers used to reduce workplace accidents. The participants consisted of 6 managers who oversaw safety issues at 1 organization in the central region of North Carolina. Data were collected from semistructured interviews and company documents. Data analysis consisted of Yin’s 5-phase cycle. Three themes morphed to include enforcing the need for safety training, creating a culture for safety awareness, and implementing company-wide safety policies. A key recommendation is that organization leaders provide safety training, increasing safety awareness, and creating or revising company-wide safety policies. The implication for positive social change includes benefitting local residents through enhanced stability of communities with increased employment opportunities enabling residents to contribute to community betterment to sustain a safe working environment to enhance a safer community.