Effectiveness of the HomeSafe Pilot Program in reducing injury rates among residential construction workers, 1994-1998.
Darragh-AR; Stallones-L; Bigelow-PL; Keefe-TJ
Am J Ind Med 2004 Feb; 45(2):210-217
BACKGROUND: The construction industry typically has one of the highest fatal and non-fatal injury rates compared with other industries. Residential construction workers are at particular risk of injury (work is in remote sites with small crews, there are often many subcontractors, and they have limited access to safety programs). Difficulty accessing information specific to this group has made research more challenging, therefore, there are few studies. This study evaluated the effectiveness of the HomeSafe Pilot Program, a safety education and training program designed to reduce injuries among residential construction workers. METHODS: Researchers evaluated whether overall and severe injury incidence rates declined during the intervention period. Data were analyzed using incidence rates and Poisson regression to control for the effect of antecedent secular trend. RESULTS: Injury incidence rates declined significantly following HomeSafe; however, this effect was not statistically significant once temporal variation was controlled. CONCLUSIONS: The decline in injury rates following HomeSafe cannot be attributed solely to HomeSafe, however, programmatic and methodologic limitations contributed to the inconclusive results. Further research into the hazards faced by residential construction workers is needed.
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction; Occupational-safety-programs; Safety-programs; Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Lost-work-days; Statistical-analysis;
Author Keywords: idential construction; occupational safety; injury prevention; program evaluation
Amy Rowntree Darragh, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Occupational Therapy, Sacred Heart University, 5151Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT 06432
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Colorado State University, Environmental Health Department, Fort Collins, Colorado