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|Title: ||Raising awareness of the occupational health of older construction workers|
|Authors: ||Cook, Sharon|
Richardson, John H.
Gibb, Alistair G.F.
Bust, Phillip D.
|Issue Date: ||2009|
|Publisher: ||International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB)|
|Citation: ||COOK, S. ... et al., 2009. Raising awareness of the occupational health of older construction workers. CIB WO99 International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 33 - 43.|
Due to demographic, political and economic pressures, there are now real benefits to be gained
from retaining older workers within the construction industry. However the health of such workers,
and its consequences for continued working, needs to be more widely appreciated.
The aim of the research project being undertaken by the Innovative Manufacturing and
Construction Research Centre (IMCRC) at Loughborough University, UK, is to identify the key
health issues affecting older construction workers and, from there, develop wearable devices which
will simulate these health effects and their consequential impacts on both working and home life.
When worn, such devices will enable other industry members (managers, architects, equipment
designers, etc) to better appreciate the challenges faced by older workers and, through this
improved awareness, contribute to an attitude-shift within the industry. This paper discusses the
need to raise awareness of older construction worker health; the rationale for an approach using
simulation and the research undertaken to date as well as presenting analogous case studies. Methods
A triangulated approach combining: a review of current knowledge in this area, worker interviews
and health professional consultations is proposed. From the resultant data a specification will be
developed which will detail which health conditions, and what aspects of them, are to be developed
into simulation devices. The devices will developed to meet the specification as closely as is
possible within technological, ethical, cost and other constraints. The intention is to then pilot the
devices with key groups within the industry to confirm proof-of-concept.
Whilst there are no results to date, a case study demonstrating the benefits to be obtained from
changing attitudes through increased awareness, which is brought about by enabling third parties
to directly experience a heath condition for themselves, will be presented.|
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