Empowering Construction Wellness

Safety issues on jobsites aren’t only about falls from ladders and speeding traffic in work zones. Many people in the construction industry are overweight and use tobacco products.  “A recent study conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that about one in five workers in construction and mining smoke or chew tobacco,” writes Kristin Hodgkinson, the digital marketing manager for Direct365, a company that supports facility management. She suggests several ways for employers to encourage wellness, including subsidized fitness programs and health screenings.