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The Cost of Interpersonal Conflict in Construction

Interpersonal conflict is identified as one of the top occupational stressors, strongly linked to a reduction in psychological and physical health. Owners and contractors ranked conflict among project participants as the highest factor affecting project cost in previous studies. No research studies previously existed that examined the financial cost of conflict in construction. The study explores the nature of interpersonal conflict on construction projects and its financial burden.

Making OSHA Inspections More Effective: Alternatives for Improved Inspection Targeting in the Construction Industry

Outlines alternatives for targeting OSHA’s routine (programmed) inspections to facilitate improved construction worker safety and health, given the enforcement agency’s limited resources. Considers targeting by – for instance – type of project, phase of construction activity, and past performance of project managers and contractors; suggests how to compare effectiveness of the proposed new approaches through pilot studies.

Implementing Lead-Safe Work Practices for Steel Structures: Transportation Agency Policies in 12 States

Presents findings of survey on policies of 12 state departments of transportation involving worker protections during lead abatement of steel structures. Companion survey to Mark Goldberg and others, Occupational Blood Lead Surveillance of Construction Workers: Health Programs in Twelve States (OSH2-96).

Spanish-Speaking Construction Workers Discuss Their Safety Needs and Experiences

Summarizes in-depth interviews of 47 Spanish-speaking construction workers who received Spanish-language safety training for residential construction from The Center to Protect Workers Rights in 2001; the interviews covered effects of language barriers, construction experience outside of the United States, union and non-union work experiences, outcomes of training, and ways to improve training.

Occupational Exposures, Respiratory Symptoms and Blood Lead Levels among Latino Day Workers in Greater New Orleans

Analyzes health problems and use/availability of personal protective equipment (PPE) through interviews with non-U.S. citizens; Latino migrants working on clean-up and rebuilding New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina. Survey population’s native language is Spanish.