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Safety, health, and well-being of municipal utility and construction workers.
Bodner T; Kraner M; Bradford B; Hammer L; Truxillo D
J Occup Environ Med 2014 Jul; 56(7):771-778
Objective: To provide a baseline description of psychosocial workplace stressors and supports along with safety, injury, health, and well-being indicators in a sample of utility and construction workers for a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health-funded Total Worker Health(TM) intervention study. Methods: Survey responses and health assessments were collected from a total of 349 employees in two municipal utility departments. Results: Participants demonstrated poor weight control and body mass index and provided reports of frequent poor health habits, injury, and pain. Although safety climate was good, less desirable levels of psychosocial workplace stressors and supports were observed. These stressors and supports were found to relate with many of the health, injury, and pain indicators. Conclusions: These results demonstrate the need for workplace interventions to promote and protect construction worker health and the importance of the psychosocial work environment.
Total-Worker-Health; Worker-health; Occupational-health; Health-surveys; Construction-workers; Public-utilities; Psychological-factors; Sociological-factors; Job-stress; Behavior; Body-weight; Work-environment; Stress; Psychological-stress; Behavior-patterns; Workplace-studies; Injuries; Work-organization; Health-protection
Todd Bodner, PhD, Department of Psychology, PO Box 751-PSY, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207
Cooperative Agreement; Grant
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-010154; Grant-Number-T01-OH-008435; M072014
Issue of Publication
Construction; Healthcare and Social Assistance
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon
Page last reviewed: August 6, 2021
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division