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Barry S. Levy, David H. Wegman, Sherry L. Baron, and Rosemary K. Sokas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190662677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190662677.001.0001

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Hazards for Construction Workers

Hazards for Construction Workers

Chapter:
(p.663) 32B Hazards for Construction Workers
Source:
Occupational and Environmental Health
Author(s):

Gavin H. West

Laura S. Welch

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190662677.003.0036

This chapter describes the hazards for construction workers, with a particular focus on injuries as well as exposures to hazardous chemicals and dusts. A section describes hazardous exposures to lead and other heavy metals. Another section describes noise exposure. The impact of musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers is then discussed. A section on respiratory diseases focuses on asbestosis, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and asthma. Exposures known to cause dermatitis and cancer are reviewed. There is a discussion of engineered nanomaterials as a potential emerging hazard. Various approaches to prevention and control, including regulations and health services, are described.

Keywords:   construction, injuries, dusts, lead, noise, musculoskeletal disorders, respiratory diseases, dermatitis, cancer, nanomaterials

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