Physical and mental health of construction workers: A worse status?

Yang YANG, Albert Ping-Chuen CHAN, Wai Yee Joanne CHUNG

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Abstract

A physical and mental health profile of construction workers is lacking in Hong Kong. This paper aims to compare the behavioural risk factors, biomedical risk factors and self-rated health status between construction workers and the general population. A basic medical examination and a questionnaire survey were administered at 117 construction sites December 2017 to March 2019. A total of 2,396 Chinese workers were included for analysis. The data of the general population were derived from the published papers and reports. The results showed that construction workers consumed less alcoholic beverages and more fruit-vegetable than the general population but had heavier smoking and consumed less milk products. Although construction workers tended to have less working hours per day than the general population, they had less rest days per month. In general, objective and subjective physical health of construction workers was worse than the general population. But female workers had better self-rated mental health. Gender-specific health programmes should be developed in future. Copyright © 2021 The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaboration and integration in construction, engineering, management and technology: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, London 2019
EditorsSyed M. AHMED, Paul HAMPTON, Salman AZHAR, Amelia D. SAUL
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherSpringer
Pages149-155
ISBN (Electronic)9783030484651
ISBN (Print)9783030484644
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Citation

Yang, Y., Chan, A. P.-C., & Chung, J. W.-Y. (2021). Physical and mental health of construction workers: A worse status? In S. M. Ahmed, P. Hampton, S. Azhar, & A. D. Saul (Eds.), Collaboration and integration in construction, engineering, management and technology: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Construction in the 21st Century, London 2019 (pp. 149-155). Cham: Springer.

Keywords

  • Behavioural risk factors
  • Biomedical risk factors
  • Self-rated health status
  • Construction workers
  • General population

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