Latino worker perceptions of construction risks†
Version of Record online: 7 AUG 2009
Copyright © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Special Issue: Occupational Health Disparities
Volume 53, Issue 2, pages 179–187, February 2010
How to Cite
Menzel, N. N. and Gutierrez, A. P. (2010), Latino worker perceptions of construction risks. Am. J. Ind. Med., 53: 179–187. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20735
The authors have no conflicts of interest to report.
- Issue online: 21 JAN 2010
- Version of Record online: 7 AUG 2009
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JUN 2009
- University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Nursing
- construction worker;
- health disparities;
- occupational safety;
- occupational injury;
- vulnerable population
Construction is a hazardous occupation, with Latino (Hispanic) workers at a greater risk for death than other ethnicities/races. Latinos accounted for over half of construction injuries involving days away from work in Nevada in 2006.
This study recruited 30 Latino construction workers from three Southern Nevada trade unions to participate in four focus groups conducted in Spanish to determine their perceived risks for injury. Audiotapes were transcribed into English transcripts, which were analyzed for themes.
Themes included language/communication difficulties, traditional Latino values, construction trade skill level differences, and health literacy. Participants were unfamiliar with the workers' compensation system.
Small contractors in particular should provide more effective safety training in Spanish and appropriate safety equipment. Unions should offer English language training using simulation and more information about workers' compensation rights. Occupational health providers should consider Latino beliefs and communication needs when assessing health status or providing care. Am. J. Ind. Med. 53:179–187 2010. © 2009 Wiley-Liss, Inc.