Physical Exposures, Work Tasks, and OSHA-10 Training Among Temporary and Payroll Construction Workers

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Abstract

Objective:

We characterize and compare the self-reported physical exposures, work tasks, and OSHA-10 training in a non-probabilistic sample of temporary and payroll construction workers.

Methods:

In June 2016, a total of 250 payroll and temporary general laborers employed at Florida construction sites completed a survey at the job site as part of the falls reported among minority employees (FRAME) study.

Results:

Workers employed through temp agencies (57.1%) were significantly more likely to report moving or lifting materials more than 100 pounds than payroll workers (38.5%; P < 0.01). Temporary construction workers with 10-hour OSHA training (22.2%) spent significantly less time with intense hand use/awkward hand posture than temporary workers without 10-hour OSHA training (46.9%; P = 0.048).

Conclusions:

Temp construction workers with OSHA 10-hour training reported less hazardous physical postures than workers without the same training.

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