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NORA Construction Sector Strategic Goals

Goal 12.0: Reduce injury and illness among groups of construction workers through improved understanding of why groups of workers experience disproportionate risks in construction work and expanding the availability and use of effective interventions.

Intermediate Goal 12.2: Improve our understanding of conditions and factors that contribute to disproportionate risk and the mechanisms through which vulnerability places workers at increased risk for work-related injury (or illness) in the construction trades, and their longitudinal effects.

Research Goals
Research Goal Number Goal Description Status
12.2.2 Evaluate formal and informal policies and workplace norms and conditions that may systematically increase disparities in health in the construction trades. This should include workplace norms and policies along with construction industry practices such as informal sector employment and cost-shifting practices.
12.2.3 Increase research on understudied work environments where high-risk groups are concentrated, with a focus on understanding worker exposures. Examples include day laborers and residential construction.
12.2.4 Improve understanding of how individual worker characteristics may contribute to worker injury and illness. This should include exploration of social, cultural, and age-related differences and safety attitudes including factors that may contribute to precarious employment (informal work arrangements, immigration status, economic conditions, and alternative employment).
Longitudinal Study of Construction Worker Health across the Lifespan
12.2.5 Identify current interventions and practices used to address construction health disparities. Evaluate how existing construction mechanisms such as the use of competent persons, 10- and 30-hour safety training, apprenticeship skills training, and contractor prequalification programs can be modified to more effectively address worker risks.

r2p Goals
r2p Goal Number Goal Description Status
12.2.1 Explore, via meetings with key intermediate groups associated with vulnerable worker groups (e.g. National Day Laborers Organizing Network, BCTD Women in the Trades Committee), their perspectives on vulnerable worker needs and opportunities, and the roles of these groups in research, partnering and dissemination of intervention information.
12.2.6 Develop and evaluate new types of construction-tailored interventions to address disproportionate risks. These might include creative mechanisms involving community-based organizations, peer-to-peer networks, family-based measures, or similar efforts as well as policy initiatives.

Other Projects for Goal 12.2

Project Title % Attributed to Construction
Preventing Falls, Silica Exposure with Latino Construction Workers 100%
Page last updated:April 24, 2013
Page last reviewed:May 23, 2011
Content Source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Office of the Director


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