Prevalence and Perception of Risky Health Behaviors among Construction Workers

Jaime R. Strickland, Samiullah Wagan, Ann Marie Dale, Bradley A. Evanoff

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)673-678
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Volume59
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2017

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