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Immigrant construction workers and health and safety: the south Florida experience.

Authors
Nissen-B; Angee-A; Weinstein-M
Source
Labor Stud J 2008 Mar; 33(1):48-62
NIOSHTIC No.
20040858
Abstract
Immigrants are a growing percentage of the U.S. construction labor force, so the safety of their working conditions deserves study. This article reports on research surveying 283 immigrant construction workers in south Florida about their safety training, use of personal protective equipment, and employer safety practices. Potential impacts of unionized status and documented legal status are tested through regression analysis. Results show only a minor positive relationship of unionization with more training and safer conditions and essentially no relationship between documented legal status and training or safe conditions. Reasons for the weak results are discussed, and further research questions are posed.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Racial-factors; Work-environment; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Author Keywords: safety and health; immigrant workers; construction workers; unions; legal documentation
Publication Date
20080301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nissenb@fiu.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0160-449x
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Labor Studies Journal
State
FL; MD
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