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Long workhours, work scheduling and work-related injuries among construction workers in the United States.
Scand J Work Environ Health 2005 Oct; 31(5):329-335
Objectives: The objectives of this study were (i) to examine work scheduling in construction and (ii) to establish whether there is any connection between workhours and safety outcomes among construction workers. Methods: The National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, 1979 cohort (NLSY79), was used for the data analysis. Odds ratios were used to measure the risk of work-related injury in different worker groups. Results: The findings showed that (i) construction workers started work earlier, worked longer days and fewer weeks a year, and were more likely to hold multiple jobs and change jobs than their nonconstruction counterparts and (ii) long workhours and irregular work schedules were significantly associated with a higher work-related injury rate after control for possible confounders. Conclusion: The results provide evidence that overtime and irregular work scheduling have an adverse effect on worker safety.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Injuries; Work-intervals; Work-performance; Worker-health; Safety-measures; Safety-research; Injury-prevention; Accident-potential; Accident-prevention; Risk-factors; Work-capacity; Work-analysis; Epidemiology; Humans; Shift-work; Author Keywords: ending worktime; long workhours; longitudinal survey; multiple jobs; overtime; shift work; scheduling; starting worktime; work-related injury; worker safety
Xiuwen Dong, The Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910, USA
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Issue of Publication
Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division