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Safety, Health, and Well-Being of Municipal Utility and Construction Workers

Bodner, Todd PhD; Kraner, Mariah PhD; Bradford, Brittany BBA; Hammer, Leslie PhD; Truxillo, Donald PhD

Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine: July 2014 - Volume 56 - Issue 7 - p 771–778
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000178
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Objective: To provide a baseline description of psychosocial workplace stressors and supports along with safety, injury, health, and well-being indicators in a sample of utility and construction workers for a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health–funded Total Worker Health™ intervention study.

Methods: Survey responses and health assessments were collected from a total of 349 employees in two municipal utility departments.

Results: Participants demonstrated poor weight control and body mass index and provided reports of frequent poor health habits, injury, and pain. Although safety climate was good, less desirable levels of psychosocial workplace stressors and supports were observed. These stressors and supports were found to relate with many of the health, injury, and pain indicators.

Conclusions: These results demonstrate the need for workplace interventions to promote and protect construction worker health and the importance of the psychosocial work environment.

From Portland State University, Ore.

Address correspondence to: Todd Bodner, PhD, Department of Psychology, PO Box 751-PSY, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97207 (tbodner@pdx.edu).

Funding for this project was through the Oregon Healthy Workforce Center (www.ohsu.edu/ohwc), a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Total Worker Health Center of Excellence (Grant: U19OH010154).

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Copyright © 2014 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine