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Health Insurance Coverage and Health Care Utilization Among Hispanic Construction Workers

Second in a series of three CPWR Data Briefs focusing on Hispanic construction workers, this publication compares health insurance coverage by demographic, insurance and, in some cases, union status. Statistics compiled and analyzed by the CPWR Data Center from data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Safety and Health Training in Construction in Kentucky

Summarizes interviews with construction workers and development of a database of construction safety and health training resources. (The database is available from Goodrum and as part of the report posted at

Evaluation of the Implementation and Impact of a Massachusetts Construction OHS Training Rule

This study investigated the implementation and impact of the Commonwealth’s policy requiring OSHA 10-hour training through interviews with key informants and a survey of 100 workers across Massachusetts. Survey respondents offered a strong consensus on the value of the requirement in “raising the bar” in safety in the commercial construction sector even beyond public projects. They believed that compliance with the requirement was close to universal.

The Economic and Social Benefits of OSHA-10 Training in the Building and Construction Trades

This report examines pre- and post-training survey responses of self-reported actions of workers and documents instances of training making a real difference through interviews with trainers and trainees. The results: OSHA-10 training saves lives and reduces accidents and illnesses across the building and construction trades. See report for facts, figures, estimates of savings.

Investigation of the Viability of Designing for Safety

Examines published reports, regulations, and the authors’ survey of 19 architects/design professionals to define needs for future research and education to improve construction worker safety and health.

Compactor Overturns and Rollover Protective Structures

Analyzes 58 OSHA reports of overturn-related deaths of operators of compactors (steamrollers) in 1986-2002 to learn whether a lack of rollover protective structures (ROPSs) – and failure to use seatbelts – contributed to the deaths. Recommendations include promulgation of an OSHA standard for compactors requiring the use of ROPSs and seatbelts in construction, operator-training requirements, design changes, and further safety research.

Work-Related Fatal and Nonfatal Injuries among U.S. Construction Workers, 1992-2008

An update of an earlier CPWR report by Xiuwen Sue Dong, Yurong Men, Elizabeth Haile (2005), this report analyzes trends in rates of deaths (from injuries) and of injuries and illnesses over 16 years. Shows trends for bricklayers, carpenters, construction laborers, electrical power installers, electricians, excavating/loading machine operators, grader/dozer/scraper operators, ironworkers, operating engineers, painters, plumbers, roofers, truck drivers, and welders/cutters.

Occupational Blood Lead Surveillance of Construction Workers, II: Health Programs in Thirteen States.

Continuation of 1995 report recommends increased funding for occupational lead surveillance, programs targeted to construction, uniform data collection, and interagency cooperation; focuses on Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia.