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Construction safety research in the United States: targeting the Hispanic workforce
  1. M J Brunette
  1. Correspondence to:
 Professor Maria J Brunette
 Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts-Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854, USA;


While it is known that Hispanics have a continuous growing participation in the construction workforce and that their fatal and non-fatal occupational injuries are higher than any other ethnic group, very little construction safety and health research has been conducted in the United States. Research that focuses on safety and health of Hispanic workers employed in the construction industry might prove beneficial in reducing injuries and promoting safe and decent workplaces for all.

The purpose of this article was twofold. First, to propose a research agenda where topics such as surveillance, intervention research on high risk occupations, intervention effectiveness evaluation, design and development of effective and appropriate safety training and educational materials, and the socioeconomic impact of injuries and illnesses, are investigated among the Hispanic construction workforce. Second, to present relevant aspects inherent to this particular population that need to be incorporated into the design and development stages of any safety and health research initiative. They include the occupational, social, economic, and cultural background of Hispanic workers; use of a participatory approach, proper selection and use of translation methods; and conducting collaborative research. Certain limitations and challenges related to the availability of resources for conducting safety and health research on Hispanic workers are further discussed.

  • OSHA, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • SHTG, Susan Harwood Training Grant
  • occupational injuries
  • construction industry
  • safety and health research
  • Hispanic workers

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