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The Need for University and Union Cooperation in Research and Education for Construction.

NIOSH 1982 Feb:255-256
The importance of safety education in the building trades for construction union members was reviewed. The 15 construction unions with 4.5 million members have averaged 3000 deaths per year while workers have averaged 1500 work hours per year, i.e., two deaths every hour. The injury rate for construction workers was 70 percent higher than the average of all industries at 500,000 injuries per year. The author noted that the union needs to have academic input with regard to both research and training. The need for cooperation between labor and academic personnel was emphasized with regard to the development of programs designed to protect workers. The author suggested that the university function as a facilitator, providing help and advice about worker safety and health, for union representatives. The author concluded that the cooperation of union and university would be for the mutual benefit of both parties as well as the workers on the job.
Regulations; Human-factors-engineering; Safety-research; Safety-programs; Industrial-safety; Worker-health; Workplace-studies; Occupational-safety-programs; Construction-industry
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DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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Symposium on Occupational Safety Research and Education: A Dialogue Between Two Communities, Division of Safety Research and Division of Training and Manpower Development, NIOSH, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 82-103
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