Identifying fall-protection training needs for residential roofing subcontractors

Falls remain the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the small residential roofing industry and analogous investigations are underrepresented in the literature. To address this issue, fall-protection training needs were explored through 29 semi-structured interviews among residential roofing subcontractors with respect to recommendations for the design of fall-protection training. Content analysis using grounded theory was conducted to analyze participants' responses. Results of the analysis revealed six themes related to the design of current fall-protection training: (1) barriers to safety training; (2) problems of formal safety-training programs; (3) recommendations for training implementation; (4) important areas for fall-protection training; (5) training delivery means; and (6) design features of training materials. Results of the study suggest the need for informal jobsite safety training to complement what had been covered in formalized safety training. This work also provides recommendations for the design of a more likely adopted fall-protection training program.

Source : Hung YH, Winchester WW, Smith-Jackson TL, Kleiner BM, Babski-Reeves KL, Mills TH. dentifying fall-protection training needs for residential roofing subcontractors, Appl. Ergon. 2012; ePub, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2012.09.007

 

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