Tired and exhausted construction workers report greater difficulty in performing physical and cognitive functions
METHODS: We pooled data from the 2010-2011 National Health Interview Survey on currently employed construction workers (n=606). Workers reported at the time of interview their tiredness/exhaustion in the past 3 months and current difficulty in performing physical and cognitive functions. Two multivariable logistic regression models were used to evaluate the relationship between tiredness/exhaustion with 1) physical and 2) cognitive functioning, while controlling for socio-demographic characteristics and health conditions.
RESULTS: Among the construction workers in our sample, 22% reported physical functional limitations, 8% experienced difficulty in remembering/concentrating and 59% felt very tired/exhausted. Feeling very tired/exhausted was significantly associated with difficulty in performing physical (Adjusted Odds Ratio=1.95; Confidence Interval=[1.15-3.32]) and cognitive (2.14;[1.01-4.54]) functions, even after controlling for age, smoking status, drinking status, average hours of daily sleep, psychological distress, and arthritis.
CONCLUSION: We found that tiredness/exhaustion was strongly correlated with construction workers' self-reported difficulty in performing physical and cognitive functions. Occupational health and safety programs should consider innovative work strategies to reduce the burden of tiredness/exhaustion among construction workers.
Occupational health and safety
Describe the association between tiredness/exhaustion and physical functional limitations in construction workers. Discuss the use of the National Health Interview Survey in examining issues of tiredness and exhaustion among construction workers. Describe the association between tiredness/exhaustion and difficulty in performing cognitive functions in construction workers.
Keyword(s): Epidemiology, Occupational Safety
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