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Reducing injuries and illnesses among construction workers.

Authors
Haring-Sweeney-M; Becker-P; Bryant-CJ; Palassis-J
Source
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):96-97
NIOSHTIC No.
20000840
Abstract
More than six million workers (about six percent of the total U.S. labor force) are currently employed in the construction industry. compared with other industries, construction workers experience one of the highest occupational fatality and injury and illness rates resulting in lost work days (BLS, 1996). Of all work-related deaths in 1996, 16.9% or (1,039) occurred among construction workers; falls were the leading cause(31%). By trade, ironworkers and roofers accounted for more than 75% of deaths due to fall in the industry (CPWR, 1998). Nonfatal injuries also occur frequently among construction workers. In 1995, construction workers experienced more than 182,000 illnesses and injuries causing loss of work days. Having contact with or being struck by an object and musculoskeletal disorders account for more than 50% of all traumatic injuries; backs, hands/fingers, and eyes are the body parts most affected (BLS, 1998; Lipscomb et al., 1996). In partnership with researchers throughout the United States, NIOSH is developing and evaluating methods to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among construction workers. One approach is to develop and disseminate educational programs, training materials, and methods that address the needs of construction workers and the industry as a whole.
Keywords
Work-environment; Training; Construction-industry; Injury-prevention; Construction-workers; Eye-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: construction; training; vocational-technical; respiratory protection program; occupational health and safety; work environment
Contact
NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, C-32, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
19990901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mhs2@cdc.gov
Editors
Haartz-JC; Lehtinen-S; Knave-B
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISSN
0271-3586
NIOSH Division
EID
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
OH; WV
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