More than training: community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among Hispanic construction workers.
Forst-L; Ahonen-E; Zanoni-J; Holloway-Beth-A; Oschner-M; Kimmel-L; Martino-C; Rodriguez-E; Kader-A; Ringholm-E; Sokas-R
Am J Ind Med 2013 Aug; 56(8):827-837
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.
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
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
Grant-Number-R18-OH-009574; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672; B20130805
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Illinois - Chicago