Graduate Program


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2021

Thesis Director

Isaac Slaven

Thesis Committee Member

Austin C. Cheney

Thesis Committee Member

Jerry Cloward


The manufacturing and construction industries are two of the most dangerous professions, and employees are frequently exposed to hazards and hazardous conditions which can lead to serious injury or even death. An observed phenomenon, frequently called the Dunning-Kruger Effect states that unskilled people are often unaware of their shortcomings and those with the higher-level skills often underestimate their abilities. This study examines employees’ training, years of experience, and performance to gauge any correlations among these variables in the area of hazard awareness. The goal of this study is to help individuals to recognize blind spots in their knowledge to identify hazards in various situations to keep themselves and others safe.