More than training: Community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among hispanic construction workers

Linda Forst, Emily Ahonen, Joseph Zanoni, Alfreda Holloway-Beth, Michele Oschner, Louis Kimmel, Carmen Martino, Eric Rodriguez, Adam Kader, Elisa Ringholm, Rosemary Sokas

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Abstract

Background: Workplace mortality and severe injury are disproportionately distributed among foreign born and Hispanic construction workers. Worker Centers (WCs) provide services and advocacy for low-wage workers and a way for investigators to reach them. The goal of this project is to prevent occupational injuries by increasing awareness of hazards and self-efficacy among foreign born, Hispanic construction workers and by expanding the agenda of WCs to include occupational health and safety (H&S). Methods: Investigators partnered with eight WCs in seven cities to train worker leaders to deliver a modified OSHA 10-hr curriculum to their peers. Results: Thirty-two worker leaders trained 446 workers over 3 years. There was a demonstrated improvement in knowledge, hazard identification, self-efficacy, and sustainable H&S activities. Conclusions: This study provides evidence for successful implementation of a training intervention for low wage, low literacy Hispanic construction workers using a community-based participatory research approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-837
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume56
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2013

Keywords

  • Health and safety
  • Hispanic workers
  • Immigrant workers
  • Mixed methods
  • Occupational health
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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    Forst, L., Ahonen, E., Zanoni, J., Holloway-Beth, A., Oschner, M., Kimmel, L., Martino, C., Rodriguez, E., Kader, A., Ringholm, E., & Sokas, R. (2013). More than training: Community-based participatory research to reduce injuries among hispanic construction workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 56(8), 827-837. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajim.22187