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Immigrant construction workers and health and safety: the south Florida experience.
Nissen B; Angee A; Weinstein M
Labor Stud J 2008 Mar; 33(1):48-62
Immigrants are a growing percentage of the U.S. construction labor force, so the safety of their working conditions deserves study. This article reports on research surveying 283 immigrant construction workers in south Florida about their safety training, use of personal protective equipment, and employer safety practices. Potential impacts of unionized status and documented legal status are tested through regression analysis. Results show only a minor positive relationship of unionization with more training and safer conditions and essentially no relationship between documented legal status and training or safe conditions. Reasons for the weak results are discussed, and further research questions are posed.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Racial-factors; Work-environment; Training; Personal-protective-equipment; Work-practices; Safety-education; Safety-practices; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Author Keywords: safety and health; immigrant workers; construction workers; unions; legal documentation
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Issue of Publication
Labor Studies Journal
Page last reviewed: September 2, 2020
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division