Total worker health1 intervention for construction workers alters safety, health, well-being measures

Wyndham Anger, Jason Kyler-Yano, Katie Vaughn, Bradley Wipfli, Ryan Olson, Magali Blanco

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Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a 14-week Total Worker Health1 (TWH) intervention designed for construction crews. Methods: Supervisors (n22) completed computer-based training and self-monitoring activities on team building, work-life balance, and reinforcing targeted behaviors. Supervisors and workers (n13) also completed scripted safety and health education in small groups with practice activities. Results: The intervention led to significant (P<0.05) improvements in family-supportive supervisory behaviors (d0.72). Additional significant improvements included reported frequency of exercising 30 minutes/day and muscle toning exercise (d0.50 and 0.59), family and coworker healthy diet support (d0.53 and 0.59), team cohesion (d0.38), reduced sugary snacks and drinks (d0.46 and d0.46), sleep duration (d0.38), and objectively-measured systolic blood pressure (d0.27). Conclusion: ATWH intervention tailored for construction crews can simultaneously improve safety, health, and well-being.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)700-709
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018



  • Construction
  • Intervention effectiveness
  • Occupational
  • Total worker health
  • TWH

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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