Total Worker Health® Intervention for Construction Workers Alters Safety, Health, Well-Being Measures

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Abstract

Objective:

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 14-week Total Worker Health® (TWH) intervention designed for construction crews.

Methods:

Supervisors (n = 22) completed computer-based training and self-monitoring activities on team building, work-life balance, and reinforcing targeted behaviors. Supervisors and workers (n = 13) also completed scripted safety and health education in small groups with practice activities.

Results:

The intervention led to significant (P < 0.05) improvements in family-supportive supervisory behaviors (d = 0.72). Additional significant improvements included reported frequency of exercising 30 minutes/day and muscle toning exercise (d = 0.50 and 0.59), family and coworker healthy diet support (d = 0.53 and 0.59), team cohesion (d = 0.38), reduced sugary snacks and drinks (d = 0.46 and d = 0.46), sleep duration (d = 0.38), and objectively-measured systolic blood pressure (d = 0.27).

Conclusion:

A TWH intervention tailored for construction crews can simultaneously improve safety, health, and well-being.

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