University of Texas Study Finds Construction Workers At High Risk for Coronavirus Hospitalization

University of Texas Study Finds Construction Workers At High Risk for Coronavirus Hospitalization

Construction workers are five times more likely than other professions to be hospitalized with COVID-19, says a study by the University of Texas at Austin.

A study conducted by the University of Texas at Austin found a correlation between unrestricted construction work and an increased risk for COVID-19 hospitalization, according to Healio.

Along with colleagues, PhD student Remy F. Pasco used a transmission model that focused on construction workers in the Austin-Round Rock area of Texas. Connections between construction workers who have worked during the pandemic and the area’s hospitalization rates were studied. Social distancing and level of disease transmissions at worksites were also taken into account.

“This study demonstrates the feasibility of data-driven COVID-19 projections to inform local mitigation strategies and anticipate health care needs,” said Pasco. “It also provides evidence that opening industries that require daily contact between, especially indoors, can jeopardize the health of the workforce and community during waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

It was found that the risk of coronavirus hospitalization in the construction industry is five times more than other occupations.

About the Author

Nikki Johnson-Bolden is an Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.

Download Center

  • Safety Metrics Guide

    Is your company leveraging its safety data and analytics to maintain a safe workplace? With so much data available, where do you start? This downloadable guide will give you insight on helpful key performance indicators (KPIs) you should track for your safety program.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • A Guide to Practicing “New Safety”

    Learn from safety professionals from around the world as they share their perspectives on various “new views” of safety, including Safety Differently, Safety-II, No Safety, Human and Organizational Performance (HOP), Resilience Engineering, and more in this helpful guide.

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • EHS Software Buyer's Guide

    Learn the keys to staying organized, staying sharp, and staying one step ahead on all things safety. This buyer’s guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that best suits your company’s needs.

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - July August 2022

    July / August 2022

    Featuring:

    • CONFINED SPACES
      Specific PPE is Needed for Entry and Exit
    • HAZARD COMMUNICATION
      Three Quick Steps to Better HazCom Training
    • GAS DETECTION
      Building a Chemical Emergency Toolkit
    • RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      The Last Line of Defense
    View This Issue