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Safety, Health, and Well-Being of Municipal Utility and Construction Workers
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
  • Todd Bodner, Portland State University
  • Mariah Kraner, Portland State University
  • Brittany Bradford
  • Leslie B. Hammer, Portland State University
  • Donald M. Truxillo, Portland State University
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
7-1-2014
Subjects
  • Quality of work life,
  • Well-being,
  • Industrial organization -- Psychological aspects,
  • Occupational Health,
  • Workplace -- Psychology
Abstract
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.
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DOI
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000178
Persistent Identifier
http://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/12296
Citation Information
Bodner, T., Kraner, M., Bradford, B., Hammer, L., & Truxillo, D. (2014). Safety, Health, and Well-Being of Municipal Utility and Construction Workers. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 56(7), 771-778.