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Reducing injuries and illnesses among construction workers.
Haring-Sweeney M; Becker P; Bryant CJ; Palassis J
Am J Ind Med 1999 Sep; 36(S1):96-97
More than six million workers (about six percent of the total U.S. labor force) are currently employed in the construction industry. compared with other industries, construction workers experience one of the highest occupational fatality and injury and illness rates resulting in lost work days (BLS, 1996). Of all work-related deaths in 1996, 16.9% or (1,039) occurred among construction workers; falls were the leading cause(31%). By trade, ironworkers and roofers accounted for more than 75% of deaths due to fall in the industry (CPWR, 1998). Nonfatal injuries also occur frequently among construction workers. In 1995, construction workers experienced more than 182,000 illnesses and injuries causing loss of work days. Having contact with or being struck by an object and musculoskeletal disorders account for more than 50% of all traumatic injuries; backs, hands/fingers, and eyes are the body parts most affected (BLS, 1998; Lipscomb et al., 1996). In partnership with researchers throughout the United States, NIOSH is developing and evaluating methods to reduce work-related injuries and illnesses among construction workers. One approach is to develop and disseminate educational programs, training materials, and methods that address the needs of construction workers and the industry as a whole.
Work-environment; Training; Construction-industry; Injury-prevention; Construction-workers; Eye-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: construction; training; vocational-technical; respiratory protection program; occupational health and safety; work environment
Marie Haring Sweeney, PhD, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 4676 Columbia Parkway, MS C32, Cincinnati, OH 45226
Haartz JC; Lehtinen S; Knave B
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
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