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Effects of safety and health training on work-related injury among construction laborers.

Authors
Dong-X; Entzel-P; Men-Y; Chowdhury-R; Schneider-S
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2004 Dec; 46(12):1222-1228
NIOSHTIC No.
20040963
Abstract
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to evaluate the effects of safety and health training on work-related injury in the construction industry. METHODS: Union health insurance records, union training records, and workers compensation data for 1993 and 1994 were analyzed for more than 8000 construction laborers in Washington State. RESULTS: After controlling for demographic factors, laborers who received safety and health training during the study period were 12% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.75-1.02) less likely than nontrained laborers to file for workers compensation. Among workers 16 to 24 years old, training was associated with a 42% (95% CI = 0.35-0.95) reduction in claims. CONCLUSIONS: These findings provide evidence of the effectiveness of safety and health training in preventing occupational injuries among construction laborers, particularly among younger workers. However, the results cover only a limited time and the long-term effects remain unclear.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction-materials; Training; Safety-education; Health-protection; Health-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Age-groups; Accident-prevention
Contact
Xiuwen Dong, MS, the Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Ave., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20041201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
SDong@cpwr.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MD; DC
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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