Work safety climate, personal protection use, and injuries among Latino residential roofers.
Arcury TA; Summers P; Rushing J; Grazywacz JG; Mora DC; Quandt SA; Lang W; Mills TH III
Am J Ind Med 2015 Jan; 58(1):69-76
Background: This analysis describes work safety climate, personal protective equipment (PPE) use, and injuries among Latino residential roofers, and examines the associations of work safety climate with PPE use and injuries. Methods: Eighty-nine North Carolina residential roofers completed a baseline interview and daily logs about perceptions and use of PPE, occurrence of injuries in last 12 months, and work safety climate. Results: The mean work safety climate score was 26.5 (SD¼5.6). In the baseline interview, participants reported that the majority of employers provided PPE and that they used it most or all of the time; daily log data indicated that PPE was used for half or fewer of hours worked. 39.9% reported any injury in the last 12 months.Work safety climate was significantly correlated with the provision and use of most types of PPE, and was inversely associated with injury. Conclusions: Supervisors promoting safety may increase the PPE use and decrease injuries.
Workers; Safety-climate; Personal-protective-equipment; Personal-protection; Sociological-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Roofing-industry; Injuries; Humans; Men; Women; Work-environment; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Racial-factors;
Author Keywords: occupational health; immigrant health; health disparities; minority health; construction workers
Thomas A. Arcury, PhD, Department of Family and Community Medicine,Wake Forest School of Medicine, Medical Center Boulevard, Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1084
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University