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Heat-related deaths among construction workers in the United States

Authors: Xiuwen Sue Dong , Gavin H West , Alfreda Holloway-Beth, Xuanwen Wang, Rosemary K Sokas Photo by Nicolas J Leclercq on Unsplash Background: Heat is a severe hazard for construction workers and may be worsening with global warming. This study sought to explore heat-related deaths among U.S. construction workers and a possible association with climate change. Methods: Heat-related deaths in the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries from 1992 to 2016 were analyzed. Denominators estimated from the Current Population Survey were matched with demographic and occupational categories in rate calculations. Statistical tests were used to examine heat-related deaths in relation to time, geograp

Estimating the burden of U.S. workers exposed to infection or disease

A key factor in containing risk of COVID-19 infection Authors: Marissa G Baker, Trevor K Peckham, Noah S Seixas Photo by Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa on Unsplash Introduction: With the global spread of COVID-19, there is a compelling public health interest in quantifying who is at increased risk of contracting disease. Occupational characteristics, such as interfacing with the public and being in close quarters with other workers, not only put workers at high risk for disease, but also make them a nexus of disease transmission to the community. This can further be exacerbated through presenteeism, the term used to describe the act of coming to work despite being symptomatic for disease. Quantif

 

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