-- Robert Preidt
MONDAY, Oct. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Construction workers in the
United States have a high risk of work-related injuries and an
increased risk of work-related illness and death, a new study
Researchers analyzed data from several national sources and
found that a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of
suffering a disabling injury over a 45-year career, and a 1-in-200
risk of being fatally injured on the job.
Hispanic construction workers have a 20 percent higher risk of
dying from a work-related injury than whites, according to the
study authors from the Center for Construction Research and
They also found that people who start construction work at age
20 have a 15 percent chance of developing chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease over their lifetime and an 11 percent chance of
developing dust-related changes to the lung tissue.
The study was scheduled for release at the annual meeting of the
American Public Health Association, held Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 in
"While great strides have been made in reducing construction injuries and illnesses, the numbers are still stubbornly high," Pete Stafford, executive director of CPWR, said in an APHA news release.
"Workers and their families suffer the consequences of disabling injuries, and this research shows it's far too common. So we must continue to raise awareness of the problems and hope to see our research findings put to use to reduce construction fatalities, injuries and illnesses," Stafford said.
Research presented at medical meetings is considered preliminary
until published in a peer-reviewed medical journal.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more
construction safety and health.
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