Impacts of COVID-19 on Health and Safety of Workforce in Construction Industry

The coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) has drastically impacted workers and workplaces across the globe. It has totally changed the workplace environment and increased workers’ concerns about economic insecurity, mental health and physical well-being, isolation, challenges of working remotely, and returning to the workplace safely. COVID-19 has also had an impact on job-related factors that affect the diversity and dynamic nature of the workplace. This study aims to identify the challenges and recommended strategies that management can implement to positively impact the health and safety of workers who construct and maintain transportation infrastructure. A through literature search that was performed to identify the challenges revealed that in addition to the factors like wages, hours of work, and access to paid leave, field workers are also facing increased risk of exposure to the virus, heavier workloads, etc. While most office workers are working remotely, factors like isolation, working patterns, technology, home situations, and concerns about job stability often contribute to anxiety, depression, and even suicide. The outcomes of this study will help the project managers and authorities in the transportation industry adopt effective strategies that will improve the health and safety of field and office employees during the pandemic.


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: pp 418 - 430
  • Monograph Title: International Conference on Transportation and Development 2021: Transportation Planning and Development

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01777611
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 9780784483541
  • Files: TRIS, ASCE
  • Created Date: Jul 23 2021 3:26PM