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Occupational health and safety experience of day laborers in Seattle, WA.

Authors
Seixas-NS; Blecker-H; Camp-J; Neitzel-R
Source
Am J Ind Med 2008 Jun; 51(6):399-406
NIOSHTIC No.
20034139
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Day Labor is a growing part of the informal economy in the US, and in Seattle, and may entail a high risk of injury and illness at work. METHODS: We surveyed 180-day laborers, at two worker centers and an unregulated "Street" location concerning their job-specific exposures and injury experience. RESULTS: Exposures to both health and safety hazards were common at all three sites. After controlling for type of work, immigrant workers were 1.5-2 times more likely than non-immigrant day laborers to report exposure to hazardous conditions. Among the 180 participants 34 reported injuries were classified as "recordable." We estimated an injury rate of 31 recordable injuries per 100 full time employees. The three hiring locations had differing job experiences and exposures. Those hired through worker centers had a lower risk of exposures, while the Street workers were more likely to refuse hazardous work. CONCLUSIONS: Day laborers are exposed to numerous hazards at work, resulting in high injury rates. Multiple approaches including community based organizations which may provide some employment stability and social support for protection at work are needed to reduce occupational injury and illness risk among these vulnerable populations.
Keywords
Work-environment; Work-performance; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Injuries
Contact
Noah S. Seixas, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington, 4225 Roosevelt Way, NE, Seattle, WA 98105-6099
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20080601
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008433
Issue of Publication
6
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
WA
Performing Organization
University of Washington
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