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)

Stacy Kolegraff, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Construction Management Department


Workers in the construction industry have many injuries both minor and life-altering. The industry suffers from injuries of all kinds such as falls, electrocution, and being struck by flying objects. To protect against this, workers wear certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE) on construction sites as a last line of defense. The equipment available such as hard hats, safety glasses, gloves, respirators, and hearing protection either protects against acute injuries (those that occur instantly) or chronic injuries (those that occur over time). This study investigates whether the type of injury that PPE protects against, acute or chronic, affects the likelihood of individuals utilizing that protective equipment, when necessary, on the job site. An anonymous survey collected responses from construction industry workers to determine if a pattern is indeed present. Based on the data received, the types of personal protective equipment that protect against chronic injuries such as respirators and hearing protection are less likely to be worn when required or strongly recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, when compared to PPE that protects against acute injuries.

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