Effects of safety and health training on work-related injury among construction laborers.
Dong-X; Entzel-P; Men-Y; Chowdhury-R; Schneider-S
J Occup Environ Med 2004 Dec; 46(12):1222-1228
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to evaluate the effects of safety and health training on work-related injury in the construction industry. METHODS: Union health insurance records, union training records, and workers compensation data for 1993 and 1994 were analyzed for more than 8000 construction laborers in Washington State. RESULTS: After controlling for demographic factors, laborers who received safety and health training during the study period were 12% (95% confidence interval [CI] = 0.75-1.02) less likely than nontrained laborers to file for workers compensation. Among workers 16 to 24 years old, training was associated with a 42% (95% CI = 0.35-0.95) reduction in claims. CONCLUSIONS: These findings provide evidence of the effectiveness of safety and health training in preventing occupational injuries among construction laborers, particularly among younger workers. However, the results cover only a limited time and the long-term effects remain unclear.
Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction-equipment; Construction-materials; Training; Safety-education; Health-protection; Health-hazards; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Age-groups; Accident-prevention
Xiuwen Dong, MS, the Center to Protect Workers' Rights, 8484 Georgia Ave., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
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