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Document ID (ISN)110767
CIS number 10-0405
ISSN - Serial title 0355-3140 - Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Kaskutas V., Dale A.M., Lipscomb H., Gaal J., Fuchs M., Evanoff B.
Title Fall prevention among apprentice carpenters
Bibliographic information May 2010, Vol.36, No.3, p.258-265. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract Falls from heights are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in the construction industry, especially among inexperienced workers. Apprentice carpenters were studied to identify individual and organizational factors associated with falls from heights, using a 72-item questionnaire on fall prevention with multiple domains including fall experience, fall-prevention knowledge, risk perceptions, confidence in ability to prevent falls, training experience, and perceptions of the safety climate and crew safety behaviors. Of the 1025 respondents of the cross-sectional sample, 51% knew of someone having fallen from a height at work and 16% had personally fallen in the past year, with ladders accounting for most of the falls. Despite participation in school-based and on-the-job training, fall-prevention knowledge was poor. Ladders were perceived as low risk and ladder training was rare. Apprentices reported high levels of unsafe, fall-related behaviors on their work crews. Apprentices in residential construction were more likely to fall than those in commercial construction, as were apprentices working on crews with fewer senior carpenters to provide mentorship, and those reporting more unsafe behaviors among fellow workers.
Descriptors (primary) USA; apprentices; young persons; construction industry; risk factors; falls from heights
Descriptors (secondary) ladders; safety consciousness; questionnaire survey; safety training in industry; unsafe acts; disobeying safety instructions; frequency rates
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Woodworking industry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Browse category(ies) Falls from heights
Young workers
Construction industry and civil engineering