Health and wellbeing projects of the Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety Research.
Researchers: Lingard and Turner (with The University of Melbourne)
Sponsors: The Australian Research Council (Linkage Project), Workforce Victoria, Contexx Pty Ltd and Baulderstone Pty Ltd
- evaluated the effect of a participatory approach to the consultation and implementation of a project-based intervention to improve on work-family interaction in Victorian construction projects
- explored ways in which natural fluctuations in work intensity can be planned so as to provide opportunities for recovery and family time.
The research informed the development of organisational support for work-family interaction in the construction industry, reducing the social and economic consequences of work-family conflict.
This research enabled the construction industry to re-think cultural expectations about work hours and design jobs that reduce work-family conflict and promote work-family interaction. The research provided evidence to help the industry improve its ability to attract and retain a diverse workforce and contribute to a reduction in the social economic costs of work-family conflict.
Work health in the Queensland construction industry
Researchers: Lingard and Turner
Sponsors: Queensland Government, Lendlease
To provide a contribution to the evidence base concerning strategies that are effective in improving the health and wellbeing of blue-collar workers of the Queensland construction industry.
The aims of the research are to:
- Develop and rigorously evaluate the effect of specific health promotion strategies at participating projects
- Identify barriers to and factors which facilitate the implementation and adoption of health-promotion strategies by Australian construction workers
- Develop recommendations for strategies that can effectively reduce risk factors for chronic disease in the Australian construction industry
- Evaluate the generalisability of an innovative approach to the development, implementation and evaluation of health promotion strategies in construction projects.
- Recommendations as to the level of effectiveness of the health promotion strategies developed, implemented and evaluated during the participatory research process
- Recommendations for organisations about the implementation strategy to maximize the adoption of health promotion strategies within the construction project context
- Recommendations about a generalisable and robust assessment protocol for developing, implementing and evaluating worker-focused health promotion strategies.