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Health consequences of working in construction.

Authors
Sweeney-MH; Fosbroke-D; Goldenhar-LM; Jackson-LL; Linch-K; Lushniak-BD; Merry-CJ; Schneider-S; Stephenson-MR
Source
Construction safety and health management. R. J., J. Hinze, T. C. Haupt, eds., Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000 Apr; :211-234
NIOSHTIC No.
20021076
Abstract
In the United States, compared to other industries, the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among construction workers ranks as one of the highest. Falls are the most common events leading to work-related injury eaths in the construction industry, followed by contact with objects and equipment, motor vehicle or transportation incidents, and exposure to harmful substances and environments, primarily electrocutions. Construction workers also die at a greater rate than the general public from chronic diseases, such as chronic lung diseases (asbestosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema). Furthermore, construction workers are at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders, particularly of the back and shoulder, noise-induced hearing loss, dermatitis and other skin disorders, and eye injuries. All these problems are preventable when the right information and preventive strategies are available and utilized.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Electrical-hazards; Electrocutions; Lung-disease; Lung-disorders; Lung-irritants; Asbestosis; Silicosis; Bronchial-asthma; Respiratory-infections; Respiratory-irritants; Respiratory-system-disorders
Publication Date
20000405
Document Type
Book or book chapter
Editors
Coble-RJ; Hinze-J; Haupt-TC
Fiscal Year
2000
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
0130871737
NIOSH Division
EID; DSR; DSHEFS; DRDS; DBBS
Source Name
Construction safety and health management
State
OH; WV
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