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Falls in residential carpentry and drywall installation: findings from active injury surveillance with union carpenters.

Authors
Lipscomb-HJ; Dement-JM; Nolan-J; Patterson-D; Li-L; Cameron-W
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2003 Aug; 45(8):881-890
NIOSHTIC No.
20029213
Abstract
Active injury surveillance was conducted with a large, unionized workforce of residential and drywall carpenters over a 3-year period. Injured carpenters were interviewed by trained carpenter investigators and sites were visited where falls occurred. Qualitative information was collected on exposures, risk perception, training, and mentoring. Falls accounted for 20% of injuries. Same-level falls were often related to weather, carrying objects-sometimes with an obstructed view-housekeeping, terrain of the lot, and speed of work. Falls from height occurred from a variety of work surfaces and involved ladders, scaffolding, roofs, work on other unsecured surfaces, unprotected openings, speed, and weather conditions. Recognized fall protection strategies, such as guardrails, toe boards, tying off to appropriate anchors, and guarding openings, would have prevented many of these falls; these practices were not the norm on many sites.
Keywords
Injuries; Workers; Occupational-hazards; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Surveillance-programs; Training; Qualitative-analysis; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Worker-health; Work-environment; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20030801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
hester.lipscomb@duke.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003809
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
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