- Message from the Co-Chairmen (Summer, 2003)
- South Florida Breakthrough
- Lyme Disease: Hazard in Northern Regions
- West Nile Virus: Poses New Hazard for Summer Construction
- Heat and Humidity Intensify Risks
- A Brief History of Safety and Health in Construction
- 2003 Tri-Fund Conference
- LIUNA H&W Funds Face Challenges Ahead
- Initiative Aims to Improve Construction Ergonomics
- New England Charter School Breaks New Gound
- OSH Shorts
- Alcohol: a Serious Concern for Laborers
- New Trustees Bolster Board
- Injury Risk Greater During Summer Overtime Season
- Blood Pressure Risk Group Expanded
West Nile Virus Poses New Hazard
For Summer Construction
Protections Against West Nile Virus
- Eliminate standing water on worksites - in old tires, buckets, rain gutters, tarps or wheelbarrows (mosquitoes lay eggs in water that stands more than four days)
- Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks
- Spray thin clothing with repellants containing DEET or permethrins; do not spray under the clothing; wash clothes before reuse
- Spray skin with repellant containing DEET; follow directions carefully; avoid concentrations higher than 33% (for children 2 - 12 use 10% DEET; do not use on children less than two)
Last August, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a warning that construction workers are at risk of contracting the West Nile virus; this summer, the risk continues.
The disease is spread through mosquito bites. Most people exposed to the virus get flu-like symptoms (fever, headache, body aches, skin rash on the trunk or swollen lymph glands) and recover. However, some may get encephalitis, a swelling of the brain that can be fatal.
The virus was first discovered in the United States in 1998 when it killed some crows in the northeast. However, it has spread rapidly across the country. Last year, human cases were reported in 39 states and animal cases in 44. In Canada, the first human cases were reported in Ontario last summer.
For more information go to: CDC.