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dc.contributor.authorHaupt, Theo C.
dc.contributor.authorDeacon, Claire
dc.contributor.authorSmallwood, John
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-07T09:02:37Z
dc.date.available2017-02-07T09:02:37Z
dc.date.issued2005
dc.identifier.citationHaupt, T. C., Deacon, C., & Smallwood, J. (2005). Importance of healthy older construction workers. Acta Structilia, 12(1), 1-19.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2415-0487 (online)
dc.identifier.issn1023-0564 (print)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/5556
dc.description.abstractEnglish: Older construction workers constitute a major proportion of total South African construction employment. Demographic changes and an apparent growing loss of interest among young people in careers in the construction industry are contributing to an increase in the proportion of older workers in the industry. There is a resultant decline in the growth of new cohorts entering the labour market. Consequently the size of the older cohort relative to the size of the younger cohort increases. Additionally, general and chronic occupational and non occupational diseases potentially reduce the overall labour force, shift the age structure due to mortality, change the skill composition of the labour supply, and increase labour turnover. This paper reports on a study that sought to establish the health status of the older worker cohort in construction. The study found that older workers had problems with several occupational and non occupational diseases and presented with a range of musculoskeletal dis orders, respiratory problems and skin infections. These diseases negatively af fected work productivity in the industry and increased absenteeism. Further, the majority of workers required referral, many for unresolved non occupational such as various skin, musculoskeletal, as well as upper and lower respiratory disorders. Recommended interventions include regular medical surveillance as part of employer driven health promotion programs.en_ZA
dc.description.abstractAfrikaans: Ouer konstruksiewerkers verteenwoordig ‘n groot deel van Suid Afrika se totale konstruksie werkers. Demografiese veranderinge en ‘n toenemende gebrek aan belangstelling in beroepe in die konstruksiebedryf onder die jeug dra by tot die groei van ouer werkers in die industrie. Algemene en kroniese beroeps en nie beroeps verwante siektes verminder die groot meerderheid arbeidsmag, die ouderdom struktuur verskuif as gevolg van sterftes, die vaardigheid same stelling van arbeidverskaffing verskuif en arbeidsomset word verhoog. Hierdie artikel doen verslag oor ‘n studie wat gedoen is op die gesondheid status van die ouer werkerskorps in die konstruksiebedryf. Die studie het getoon dat ouer werkers probleme ondervind met onder andere spierkwale, asemhalingspro bleme en vel infeksies. Hierdie siektes beïnvloed produktiwiteit en dra by tot af wesigheid van die werk. Die meerderheid werkers het verwysings gevra vir on opgelosde nie beroepsverwante siektes soos verskeie vel, spier en asemhaling siektes. Werkgewers kan gesondheidsbewusmakings programme aanbied om werkers te help.af
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectMedical surveillanceen_ZA
dc.subjectConstruction industryen_ZA
dc.subjectOlder workersen_ZA
dc.subjectHealthen_ZA
dc.titleImportance of healthy older construction workersen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderUniversity of the Free Stateen_ZA


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