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More than training: Community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among hispanic construction workers

Authors


  • None of the authors have affiliations with any organizations that to any author's knowledge have a direct interest, particularly a financial interest, in the subject matter or materials discussed.

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2121W. Taylor, MC 922, Chicago, Illinois 60612. E-mail: Forst-L@uic.edu

Abstract

Background

Workplace mortality and severe injury are disproportionately distributed among foreign born and Hispanic construction workers. Worker Centers (WCs) provide services and advocacy for low-wage workers and a way for investigators to reach them. The goal of this project is to prevent occupational injuries by increasing awareness of hazards and self-efficacy among foreign born, Hispanic construction workers and by expanding the agenda of WCs to include occupational health and safety (H&S).

Methods

Investigators partnered with eight WCs in seven cities to train worker leaders to deliver a modified OSHA 10-hr curriculum to their peers.

Results

Thirty-two worker leaders trained 446 workers over 3 years. There was a demonstrated improvement in knowledge, hazard identification, self-efficacy, and sustainable H&S activities.

Conclusions

This study provides evidence for successful implementation of a training intervention for low wage, low literacy Hispanic construction workers using a community-based participatory research approach. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:827–837, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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