Proteccion en Construccion: Lawrence Latino Safety Partnership

Dates: 2009-2012

State: Massachusetts

Client(s): National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health

Services: Health Care & Public Health Planning, Health Communication, Applied Research & Evaluation, Training & Technical Assistance, Health Systems Transformation

Technical Expertise: Environmental Health, Community Health Coalitions, Health Disparities


Fatal and disabling injuries disproportionately affect workers in the building trades, particularly immigrants and Latinos who have the highest injury and death rates among American workers.

JSI Center for Environmental Health Studies, working in collaboration with the Department of Work Environment at the University of Massachusetts Lowell School of Health and Environment, the Mayor's Health Task Force in Lawrence, MA, and Local 175 of the Laborers' International Union of North America, was engaged in a community-based participatory research program funded by the National Institutes of Occupational Safety and Health.

Interdisciplinary and participatory approaches brought together workers, contractors, residents, health providers, community organizations, and government agencies to increase the safety and health practices at construction work sites. Links among workers, their families, contractors, and local agencies were developed through community awareness and expectation to ensure that workers received adequate training and proper safety equipment.