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1st Edition

Work, Health and Wellbeing in the Construction Industry

  • Available for pre-order on March 17, 2023. Item will ship after April 7, 2023
ISBN 9780367410094
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
336 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book covers a wide range of topics relating to the health and wellbeing of the construction workforce. Based on more than a decade of work examining various aspects of workers’ health and wellbeing, the book addresses a key topic in construction management: how the design of work environments, construction processes and organisation of work impact upon construction workers’ physical and psychological health.

Occupational health is a significant problem for the construction industry. However, the subject of health is usually treated as an afterthought in other books which emphasise safety issues. Traditional management approaches (focused on the prevention of accidents and injuries) are arguably ill-suited to addressing issues of workers’ health and wellbeing. The evidenced informed approach in this book provides a rich analysis of how construction workers’ health and wellbeing are impacted by working in the construction industry, and critical information about how organisations (and decision-makers within them) can create workplaces and practices that are supportive and enable construction workers to maintain healthy and productive working lives.

Including chapter summaries and discussion questions to encourage student readers to reflect on and formulate their own viewpoints about the issues raised in each chapter, the book has the potential to be used as a textbook in undergraduate or postgraduate occupational health and safety, or construction management courses dealing with occupational health and safety. It could also be used as supplementary, recommended reading in undergraduate or postgraduate programs in architecture, engineering or management.

Table of Contents

1. The Health Imperative

2. Attending to the 'H' in OH&S

3. Work Related Factors Impacting Construction Workers' Psychological Health

4. Working Time, Health and Wellbeing

5. Women's Health in Construction

6. Employee Resilience

7. Health Issues in the Construction Industry in Developing Countries: The Case of Sub-Saharan Africa

8. Young Construction Workers' Health and Wellbeing

9. Healthy Ageing at Work

10. Building a Sense of Place

11. Thinking About the Future

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Helen Lingard is an RMIT Distinguished Professor and Director of The Centre for Construction work Health and Safety Research at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia. Helen has been an active researcher in the field of construction work health and safety for more than 20 years. Helen has authored or co-authored three other books published by Taylor & Francis. Michelle Turner is a member of The Centre for Construction work Health and Safety Research at RMIT University, Melbourne Australia, and co-leads the Health and Wellbeing stream with Distinguished Professor Helen Lingard. Michelle has more than ten years of experience working with the construction industry in her capacity as a health, wellbeing and resilience researcher.