This month, the Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North America, a nonprofit organization committed both to healthier laborers and healthier employer bottom lines, announced that Protecting Construction Worker Health and Safety in Ontario Canada: Identifying a Union Safety Effect was the most popular paper among members of the Laborers’ International Union of North America during 2015.
Department of Health Policy & Management professor and chair Benjamin C. Amick III, Ph.D. has been featured on FIU News and in other outlets for his study on unionized workers and work injuries. We sat down with him to find out what he has to say about this recent recognition…
Q. What does the recent No. 1 ranking by the Laborers’ Health & Safety Fund of North America mean for your research into the “safety effect” of union shops?
A. This high ranking of our paper shows the reach of our research into the practice community in North America. Our goal is to provide science that practitioners value. We hope our recent attempt to identify the key reasons for the observed union safety effect will help all construction worksites be safer and more productive.
Q. What does a study like Protecting Construction Worker Health and Safety in Ontario, Canada offer to the construction industry in Miami, FL?
A. Construction work is the same across Canada and the U.S.A. It’s is high-hazard work. This research challenges all construction employers, trades association and labor groups to think about the importance of giving workers a voice. It also indicates the need to build safe and productive sites.
Q. How does this research benefit FIU Stempel College?
A. This research benefits Stempel College because it shows FIU’s commitment to doing research that keeps workers healthy and safe.
The study was conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), a not-for-profit research organization headquartered in Toronto, Canada, where Amick is a senior scientist. Amick co-led the study with Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, with the aid of team members Ron Saunders and Desiree Latour-Villamil.
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