Construction work is physically demanding and dangerous. According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), previous studies have suggested that construction workers who exhibit certain health risk behaviors may be more likely to experience work-related injuries. To this end, NIOSH conducted a study to compare the prevalence of six health risk behaviors among construction workers to workers in other industries. The study was conducted from 2013 to 2016 and included data from 32 states and 38 different construction occupations1. The main findings are summarized by NIOSH below2:
NIOSH researchers state that construction workers may benefit from targeted interventions and health programs specific to their particular occupation to reduce these behaviors2.
The study published in the May issue of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine can be found by clicking here1. A NIOSH Update summarizing this study can be found by clicking here2.
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