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Health consequences of working in construction.
Sweeney MH; Fosbroke D; Goldenhar LM; Jackson LL; Linch K; Lushniak BD; Merry CJ; Schneider S; Stephenson MR
Construction safety and health management.Coble RJ, Hinze J, Haupt TC, eds. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2000 Apr; :211-234
In the United States, compared to other industries, the rate of work-related injuries and illnesses among construction workers ranks as one of the highest. Falls are the most common events leading to work-related injury eaths in the construction industry, followed by contact with objects and equipment, motor vehicle or transportation incidents, and exposure to harmful substances and environments, primarily electrocutions. Construction workers also die at a greater rate than the general public from chronic diseases, such as chronic lung diseases (asbestosis, silicosis, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema). Furthermore, construction workers are at high risk for musculoskeletal disorders, particularly of the back and shoulder, noise-induced hearing loss, dermatitis and other skin disorders, and eye injuries. All these problems are preventable when the right information and preventive strategies are available and utilized.
Construction industry; Construction workers; Electrical hazards; Electrocutions; Lung disease; Lung disorders; Lung irritants; Asbestosis; Silicosis; Bronchial asthma; Respiratory infections; Respiratory irritants; Respiratory system disorders
Coble RJ; Hinze J; Haupt TC
EID; DSR; DSHEFS; DRDS; DBBS
Construction safety and health management
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