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Intervention Effectiveness: Integrated approaches to health and safety in dynamic construction work environments

The commercial construction industry is a highly dynamic work environment with significant physical hazards; as a result, workers have a high prevalence of work-related injuries, including musculoskeletal disorders and high-risk health behaviors (e.g., tobacco use) that limit their overall workability and productivity. Programs to improve construction worker health and safety, and hence their productivity, need to target the worksite environment through the site's multiple employers (general contractors and subcontractors).

PI: Jack Dennerlein, PhD

Our goal is to improve the safety, health, and well-being of construction workers through the application of integrated policies, programs, and practices that foster a safe and healthy work organization and environment within the context of the construction industry's multi-organizational structure.

Through program vetting processes and pilot testing, we will identify key program components of a safety, health, and well-being program designed and implemented at the subcontractor level. Our specific aims are to:

  • Determine the efficacy of a subcontractor-based program aimed at improving worker safety, health, and well-being
  • Identify opportunities and recommend methods to integrate the subcontractor-based program at the system level with more global worksite policy, programs, and practices