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Is renovation riskier than new construction? An observational comparison of risk factors for stepladder-related falls.

Authors
Ronk-CJ; Dennerlein-JT; Hoffman-E; Perry-MJ;
Source
Am J Ind Med 2011 Aug; 54(8):579-585
NIOSHTIC No.
20039425
Abstract
Background: Stepladder-related injuries at construction sites have increased in recent years. We aimed to quantify the prevalence of stepladder-related fall hazards in general construction and to compare the risks on renovation worksites to new construction build sites. Methods: Eighteen worksites were visited, resulting in the observation of 771 stepladders. Eight of the sites were new builds and ten were renovation projects. Results: High compliance with best practices was not observed for several factors, including having hands free while climbing (46 percent) and using minimum forces (72 percent). There was a notable trend toward more hazards on renovation build projects than on new construction sites; however, these differences were not statistically significant. Conclusions: There was not sufficient evidence to show that stepladder fall hazards are more prevalent on renovation projects than on new build projects. Having hands free while climbing and using minimum forces were two practices needing more widescale adoption regardless of construction job type
Keywords
Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Step-ladders; Fall-protection; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Quantitative-analysis; Work-practices; Hazards; Climbing; Ladders; Author Keywords: construction; safety; ladders; cluster analysis; occupational epidemiology
Contact
Melissa J. Perry, ScD, MHS, The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Sciences, 2100M Street, NW, Suite 203, Washington, DC 20037
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20110801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mperry@gwu.edu
Funding Type
Grant; Construction; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008416
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA; DC; CA; MD
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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