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

Am J Ind Med. 2013 Aug;56(8):827-37. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22187. Epub 2013 Mar 26.


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.

Keywords: Hispanic workers; health and safety; immigrant workers; mixed methods; occupational health; training.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chicago
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Construction Industry*
  • Curriculum
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Hispanic or Latino*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Occupational Health / education*
  • Occupational Injuries / ethnology
  • Occupational Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Program Evaluation
  • Self Efficacy
  • Southwestern United States
  • United States
  • United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration