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NIOSH Study Shows Health Risk Behaviors in Construction

June 26, 2020

NIOSH Study Shows Health Risk Behaviors in Construction

New research from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recently published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine suggests that several behaviors that contribute to higher health risks are more prevalent among construction workers than workers in other industries.

   Previous studies suggested that construction workers who exhibit certain health risk behaviors may be more likely to experience work-related injuries. NIOSH researchers explored how common health risk behaviors are among this workforce. e study looked at six health risk behaviors among construction workers compared to workers in other industries. e main findings showed: smoking, smokeless tobacco use, binge drinking, no leisure-time physical activity, and not always using a seatbelt were significantly more prevalent among construction workers, and especially construction managers, than in the general workforce; getting less than 7 hours of sleep a day was significantly less prevalent among construction workers as compared to the general workforce; behavior changes among construction managers could have positive effects on the safety and health culture in the construction industry; carpenters, construction laborers, and roofers all had significantly elevated prevalences for five of the six behaviors (all except short sleep); roofers, as well as electrical power-line installers and repairers, had significantly elevated prevalences for binge drinking; and operating engineers, who operate and maintain heavy earth-moving equipment, had very high rates for smokeless tobacco use. The survey covered 38 different construction occupations, including laborers, project managers, those in construction trades, and contractors, and was conducted by telephone across 32 states, from 2013 to 2016.
   —Please visit https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/updates/upd-06-22-20.html for the full story.