Construction workers and construction equipment can kill each other in the line of duty, but there’s a way to protect your equipment from the elements, a new study suggests.
The researchers from the University of Texas found that workers exposed to heavy dust or water-filled sand can become infected with the respiratory illness coronavirus that has swept through the construction industry and is now spreading around the globe.
That’s why it’s so important to get all equipment checked and disinfected before it leaves the building, said study co-author Andrew J. Sondak, an associate professor in the university’s College of Engineering.
“The key to getting the best possible protection is having the equipment inspected and tested,” he said.
Coronavirus in the workplaceSondak and his team took advantage of a new technology called a coronaviruses detection and isolation protocol, or CATS.
This is a standardised set of measures for the health of the workers who are actually at risk.CATS tests workers for coronaviral infections in their respiratory tracts, which are inhaled through their noses, and then transmit the virus to other workers.
“It’s a very specific and specific protocol that covers a range of activities that are potentially hazardous,” Sondarak said.
Cats can be very expensive to buy and run, so Sondark said the cost of an effective test could be prohibitive for most workers.
But this technology has already been developed in the US, and many countries have embraced it.
Australia and New Zealand, for example, have made CATS standard equipment.
The team at UT used this protocol to investigate the effect of COVID-19 on workers in Texas.
They found that after three days in the CATS environment, workers exposed in the construction field developed COVIDs and were exposed to more airborne particles, the researchers reported online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.
The researchers said the COVID infection was more severe in workers exposed than in those who stayed at home.
Workers in the Texas construction field who were exposed in CATS showed more COVID infections than workers who stayed home.
But the COID infection in the workers exposed was not as severe as the infection in workers who went home.
“It’s interesting that the COIDS infection was less severe in the COATS workers than the infection from workers who were still home,” Sommers said.
“This is not a surprise to me.
We’ve known for a long time that the workers in the industry were more likely to be exposed to COIDS.”
Coronadocarcinosis in the fieldThe team found that the amount of COIDS in the air in workers in CAT environments was also higher than those who remained home.
“When workers in this field are exposed to this airborne dust, COVID is likely to spread more,” Sommer said.
It’s also important to be aware that exposure to dust from the construction site does not necessarily mean that the worker has a COID, said Sondack.
“That dust may contain other viruses, and it may be the case that the dust that is present is a different virus from the dust the workers are exposed,” he explained.
The COIDS exposure was similar to the exposure to COVID in workers on the job, Sondac said.
The workers in a CATS laboratory had about half the number of COID cases as workers who had not been exposed to the COVIS-19 aerosol.
But Sondashk said it’s important to keep in mind that the number that get COIDS is dependent on the level of exposure.
“I think that exposure will be lower if you are not getting the full dose,” he suggested.
The study was published in the American Journal of Infection Control.