Studies in Personnel and Industrial Psychology

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FIGURE 3 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE AGE OF THE EMPLOYEE AND AVERAGE MONTHLY ACCIDENT RATE PER 1,000 HOURS OF OPERATION

by those employees who are currently in the breaking-in stage of development.


SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS

The results obtained in this experiment seem to indicate that at least for these groups of men and for this particular type of operation the effect of experience upon the frequency rate of accidents apparently is limited to a three to five month period of initial on-the-job performance. This particular period of time may be termed a breaking-in period and it is characterized by a sharp decline in the number of accidents. Following this period there is a leveling off in accident rate throughout the employee's work history. This rather level period may be considered to be normal expectancy.

When the workers are given formal training prior to actual job performance there is a considerable reduction in early accident frequency rate, which is manifested in lower initial accident frequency and also in what may be regarded as a faster developmental period in that the amount of time required for the trained work groups to level off at the normally expected frequency is significantly reduced.

It would appear that age in this instance apparently exerts a greater

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