Knowledge Adoption in Industrial Craftsmen: The Case of Eye Accident Victims

By Theekshana Suraweera, Sujani Samannadie Sumanadasa and Prasad Abeyrathne.

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Eye injuries of small scale craftsmen due to industrial accidents are predominant in Sri Lanka. These victims may be skilled or unskilled. In addition to the personal suffering, the organizations and the industry as a whole are badly affected due to these problems. Investigating the underlying reasons behind poor adherence to industrial safety standards by Sri Lankan craftsmen is the overall objective of this research.
One major reason for high incidence of industrial accidents may be the lack of adhering to safety precautions. Most eye accidents could be eliminated and the damage can be minimized, if proper precautions are taken. This research argues that poor knowledge adoption could have been the main cause behind the non-adherence to safety precautions. Gaps in the craftsmen’s knowledge related to industrial safety are critical.
Using multiple case study methodology, a number of accidents victims who seek treatment from the Colombo National Eye Hospital has been investigated. The knowledge adoption model presented by (Beesley & Cooper, 2008) is used as the study framework for investigating the process of knowledge acquisition and adoption. Different phases of the knowledge acquisition and adoption process are examined in the case study data analysis.
The paper concludes with several propositions explaining the reasons behind the eye accidents. Gaps in knowledge acquisition and adoption related to safety practices, inadequate practical skills of equipment usage, gaps in quality of safety equipment, poor training, mismatch of educational levels and culture related factors are identified as key underlying reasons.

Keywords: Knowledge Acquisition and Transfer, Knowledge Adoption, Industrial Safety, Eye Injuries

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp.27-36. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 778.932KB).

Theekshana Suraweera

Senior Lecturer Higher Grade, Academic Division, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Malabe, Sri Lanka

Dr. Theekshana Suraweera has been a Senior Lecturer and the Head of Department of Business and Information Management at the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) Sri Lanka since 20008. Prior to joining SLIIT Theekshana was a lecturer in Information systems at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He holds a PhD (Canterbury), MBA (Sri Lanka) and MSc (Reading). Theekshana did a seven years stint working on a number of IT pro-jects at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For an-other thirteen years he was a senior member of the Sri Lankan Civil Service, in which he managed a number of projects. Theekshana’s main teaching and research interests are Business Information Sys-tems, analysis and design of information systems, IT in the small business sector, IT management and instrument development. He has presented research papers in the refereed internatal confer-ences like Australasian Conference on Information Systems (ACIS- Australia), International Conference on Digital Information Manage-ment (ICDIM-India) and the International Conference on Electronic Business (ICEIB- China).

Sujani Samannadie Sumanadasa

Lecturer, Academic Division, Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Sujani S. Sumanadasa has been attached to the Sri Lanka Institute of Information Technology (SLIIT) Sri Lanka since 2004 as a Lecturer in the Department of Business and Information Management. In her teaching career, she has been conducted many undergraduate courses to BSc honer students especially in the area of Information Systems Designing. She hold Computer Science (Hons) special degree (Peradeniya) as the first degree and then she has completed MSc in Information Management (SLIIT) in 2009. she has presented research papers to refereed international conferences including (ICIAFS 2008).

Prasad Abeyrathne

Medical Officer, Ministry of Health Care and Nutrition, Eye Hospital Colombo, Sri Lanka

Abeyrathne Prasad has been awarded MBBS degree from the University of Ruhuna in 2002 and obtained registration from Sri Lanka Medical Council in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 he was oppinted as Medical officer in Emergency Treatment Unit (ETU) Mahiyangana base hospital. Since 2006 Prasd has been appointed for In-Service training in Opthalmology. He has completed certificate course in competency in Cardiovascular Medicine (Monash 2009).

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