Prevalence and Perception of Risky Health Behaviors Among Construction Workers

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Abstract

Objective:

This study aimed to evaluate construction workers’ health behaviors, attitudes, and perceptions of health risks from work related and non-work related hazards.

Methods:

Construction workers completed a survey that assessed hazardous health behaviors (such as alcohol and tobacco use), attitudes toward health, and health risk perceptions. We compared construction workers’ health behaviors to general population data from the behavioral risk factor surveillance system (BRFSS).

Results:

Construction workers reported greater smoking and drinking compared with their age-adjusted white man counterparts in Missouri. While there was a high awareness of work-related health and safety risks, concerns about general health risks did not correspond with risks from relevant health behaviors.

Conclusion:

Educational efforts have created awareness of work-related safety and health issues in this population; similar efforts are needed to address disparities of general health behaviors.

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