College - Author 1

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department - Author 1

Construction Management Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Construction Management



Primary Advisor/Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Philip L. Barlow, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is an essential component to the safety of workers on construction jobsites. Construction is ranked one of the most dangerous industries to work in, with the highest reports of fatal work injuries. For this reason, it is required that construction employees wear PPE to keep them safe during work. Despite this requirement, many workers neglect to wear PPE, exposing themselves to high risk of injury and death. A survey was conducted on thirty-three (33) construction workers in California to gain a better understanding of issues with PPE and reasons for non-compliance. The survey found that only 64% of construction workers always wear their PPE. Analysis of this survey provided the highest ranked reasons for non-compliance from a worker’s perspective including it causes stress in hot, sunny, confined, or poorly ventilated areas, it is not necessary at all times, and it is uncomfortable. Other reasons such as anxiety and fit of PPE were also brought to light. This paper will review the dangers of working in the construction industry, provide insight from a worker’s perspective on reasons for non-compliance with PPE, and pose solutions for this ongoing problem.

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