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Homesafe: work practices, site characteristics, risk perception and safety culture in the residential construction industry.

Fort Collins, CO: Colorado State University, Department of Environmental Health, 2000 Oct; :1-120
The HomeSafe pilot program is a strategic partnership between OSHA Region VIII and the Home Builders Association (HBA) of metropolitan Denver. The 10-point safety and health program was developed by this partnership to address the major risks and hazards unique to residential construction sites. Investigators evaluated site conditions and work practices using a 117-item audit tool developed by researchers at Colorado State University. Participating companies were evaluated at their onset into the program and intervals thereafter. A cohort of n=41 companies with a mean score of 71 at the time of there initiation into HomeSafe were followed for two years. On retest their mean score had increased to 76 demonstrating a significant improvement (p=.04) with prolonged exposure to HomeSafe. Significant improvements (p=.0l) were also seen when comparing the cohort to n=41 controls with a mean score of 66. Differences were also noted among trades with rooting and drywall experiencing the largest increases (12%) from previous scores of 80 and 67 to 92 and 79 respectively. Roofers and framers made up 22% of trades evaluated and are at significant risk on construction sites. Analysis of HomeSafe hazard categories showed the best compliance to sate work practices pertained to use of fall protection systems (mean score=89) followed by ladders (mean score=88) and PPE (mean score=83).
Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Safety-education; Safety-measures; Safety-monitoring; Safety-practices; Safety-research; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Roofers; Roofing-and-sheet-metal-work; Roofing-industry; Ladders; Tools; Behavior-patterns; Human-factors-engineering; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Traumatic-injuries
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Homesafe: work practices, site characteristics, risk perception and safety culture in the residential construction industry
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Colorado State University, Environmental Health Department, Fort Collins, Colorado
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