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Effectiveness of interventions for preventing injuries in the construction industry: results of an updated Cochrane systematic review

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posted on 11.09.2018, 13:33 authored by Henk van der Molen, Prativa Basnet, Peter L.T. Hoonakker, Marika M. Lehtola, Jorma Lappalainen, Monique H.W. Frings-Dresen, Roger Haslam, Jos H. Verbeek
Various interventions to prevent occupational injuries in the construction industry have been proposed and studied. This continuing updated Cochrane review systematically summarizes the most current scientific evidence on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent injuries associated with construction work. Search terms that covered the concepts of ‘construction workers’, ‘injury’, ’safety’ and ‘study design’ were used to identify intervention studies in five electronic databases up to April 2017. Acceptable study designs included randomized controlled trials (RCT), controlled before–after studies (CBA) and interrupted time series (ITS). In total 17 studies, 14 ITS and three CBA studies, from the US (6), UK (2), Italy (3), Denmark (1), Finland (1), Austria (1) Germany (1) Spain (1), Belgium (1) met the inclusion criteria. Most studies were at high risk of bias. There is very low-quality evidence that introducing regulations as such may or may not result in a decrease in fatal and non-fatal injuries. There is also very low-quality evidence that regionally oriented safety campaigns, training, inspections or the introduction of occupational health services may not reduce non-fatal injuries in construction companies. There is very low-quality evidence that company-oriented safety interventions such as a multifaceted safety campaign, a multifaceted drug workplace programme and subsidies for replacement of scaffoldings may reduce non-fatal injuries among construction workers.

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Published in

IEA2018 Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing

Volume

825

Pages

438 - 440

Citation

VAN DER MOLEN, H. ... et al, 2018. Effectiveness of interventions for preventing injuries in the construction industry: results of an updated Cochrane systematic review. IN: Bagnara, S. ... et al (eds). Proceedings of the 20th Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2018), Volume VIII: Ergonomics and Human Factors in Manufacturing, Agriculture, Building and Construction, Sustainable Development and Mining. Cham: Springer, pp.438-440.

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© Springer

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This is a pre-copyedited version of a contribution published in Bagnara, S. ... et al. (eds.) 20th International Ergonomics Association (IEA2018): Volume VIII: Ergonomics and Human Factors in Manufacturing, Agriculture, Building and Construction, Sustainable Development and Mining published by Springer. The definitive authenticated version is available online via https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-96068-5_49

Acceptance date

31/05/2018

Publication date

2018

ISBN

9783319960678

ISSN

2194-5357

Book series

Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing;825

Language

en

Location

Florence

Event dates

August 26-30