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More than training: community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among Hispanic construction workers.

Authors
Forst-L; Ahonen-E; Zanoni-J; Holloway-Beth-A; Oschner-M; Kimmel-L; Martino-C; Rodriguez-E; Kader-A; Ringholm-E; Sokas-R
Source
Am J Ind Med 2013 Aug; 56(8):827-837
NIOSHTIC No.
20042965
Abstract
Background: Workplace mortality and severe injury are disproportionately distributed among foreign born and Hispanic construction workers. Worker Centers (WCs) provide services and advocacy for low-wage workers and a way for investigators to reach them. The goal of this project is to prevent occupational injuries by increasing awareness of hazards and self-efficacy among foreign born, Hispanic construction workers and by expanding the agenda of WCs to include occupational health and safety (H&S). Methods: Investigators partnered with eight WCs in seven cities to train worker leaders to deliver a modified OSHA 10-hr curriculum to their peers. Results: Thirty-two worker leaders trained 446 workers over 3 years. There was a demonstrated improvement in knowledge, hazard identification, self-efficacy, and sustainable H&S activities. Conclusions: This study provides evidence for successful implementation of a training intervention for low wage, low literacy Hispanic construction workers using a community-based participatory research approach.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Racial-factors; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries; Training; Education; Safety-education; Safety-programs; Hazards; Health-hazards; Health-programs; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-safety-programs; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Author Keywords: immigrant workers; health and safety; training; Hispanic workers; mixed methods; occupational health
Contact
Linda Forst, MD, MPH, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121 W. Taylor, MC 922, Chicago, IL 60612
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20130801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
Forst-L@uic.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R18-OH-009574; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672; B20130805
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois - Chicago
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