Hanyang Med Rev.  2010 Nov;30(4):290-295.

Occupational Diseases of Construction Industry

  • 1Department of Occupational Medicine, Hallym University Hangang Sacred Heart Hospital, Seoul, Korea. kwon5966@hallym.ac.kr


Construction is consistently ranked among the most dangerous occupations. In the Korea, 28% of all fatal on-the-job injuries occur in construction. Occupational diseases are also an important cause of morbidity in construction workers. This article reviews the medical literatures on common occupational diseases in construction industry: work-related musculoskeletal disorders, noise-induced hearing loss, lead poisoning, occupational lung diseases. Construction is a complex industry, involving many trades and employers on any single project. Because of that complexity, research and prevention activities have targeted construction less frequently than general industry, even though the need is great. These circumstances leave the industry with much room for improvement. The next decade should bring great improvement in health and safety in this industry.


Construction industry; Occupational disease; Hazardous materials
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