This book aims to fill a gap in the current construction health and safety research and discover new knowledge about work stress induced chronic diseases among construction industry professionals. In achieving these aims, the book investigates:
- the nature and extent of psychosocial stressors experienced by construction professionals, stress management tactics applied and the impact on mental health
- the prevalence and occurrence patterns of serious chronic conditions such as insomnia, obesity, musculoskeletal disorders and vision impairment
- aetiological pathways from job stressors through chronic diseases to job performance.
While there are many studies, policies and regulations aiming to look after the health of construction workers, little attention is paid to construction professionals. By applying advanced analytical methods to data collected in a national survey of construction professionals in Australia, the author presents new scientific evidence which can be used to help establish equitable workers' compensation treatments and outcomes for construction professionals in line with other professions. Moreover, the research and analysis are underpinned by theories and literature from public health and epidemiological disciplines in addition to literature from construction, and work health, safety and wellbeing domains. It is essential reading for any health policy makers and researchers in the fields of health and safety and construction management.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Work stress induced psychological disorders in construction 3. Work stress induced chronic insomnia in construction 4. Work stress induced musculoskeletal disorders in construction 5. Work stress induced weight gain in construction 6. Work stress induced vision impairment in construction 7. Conclusion. Appendix.
Imriyas Kamardeen is Professor of Construction Management in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University, Australia.