Ethnic Disparities of Perceived Safety Climate Among Construction Workers in Georgia, 2015

Welton, Michael, DeJoy, David, Castellanos, Maria Eugenia, Ebell, Mark, Shen, Ye, and Robb, Sara (2018) Ethnic Disparities of Perceived Safety Climate Among Construction Workers in Georgia, 2015. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 5 (3). pp. 522-529.

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Background: Safety climate involves worker perception about the relative importance where they work and safety climate and has been shown to be a reliable predictor of safety-related outcomes.

Methods: The primary objective of this study is to investigate ethnic differences in perceived safety climate among construction workers. Surveys (n = 179) that included a 10-item safety climate scale were administered in Athens, Georgia (GA), at local construction sites and home improvement stores during June–August, 2015.

Results: The majority of respondents were carpenters or roofers (39%), followed by laborers (22%), painters and dry wall workers (14%), other skilled trades (14%), and supervisors (11%); 32% were Hispanic. Hispanic ethnicity (p < 0.0001), drinking two or more alcoholic beverages per day (p < 0.0001), working for a company that does not provide health insurance (p = 0.0022), and working for a company with fewer than ten employees (p < 0.0001) were significantly associated with lower perceived safety climate scores.

Conclusion: The lower perceived safety climate scores among Hispanic workers indicate that the perception of the importance of safety on the job site is lower among Hispanics construction workers than non-Hispanics construction workers.

Item ID: 75312
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2196-8837
Keywords: Construction industry, Ethnic disparities, Immigrant workers, Migrant health, Occupational health, Safety climate
Copyright Information: © W. Montague Cobb-NMA Health Institute 2017
Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2022 23:51
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420209 Occupational epidemiology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2005 Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health) > 200507 Occupational health @ 100%
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