All aspects of a construction worker’s life, including their mental and physical health, must be accounted for when discussing their quality of life. In part one of this three-part series, a construction lawyer in Franklin, TN, discussed how musculoskeletal disorders have dramatically hindered the laborers of this great industry. Now, we will be discussing how construction workers can improve their quality of life by focusing on their general health and wellbeing. Consult with one of our attorneys at Cotney Construction Law if you are ever concerned with the safety of one or all of your employees.
As we touched on in part one, mobility is a major component of a construction worker’s quality of life. Many younger construction workers are staying healthy by getting gym memberships and participating in recreational sports. Stretching exercises can go a long way towards keeping workers limber and helping them to avoid injury.
Additionally, many construction workers take vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D, to supplement their diets. Vitamin D is especially important for construction crews that work the night shift and have limited exposure to sunlight. Just a small change to a diet or exercise regimen can massively improve a construction worker’s mood, flexibility, physical health, and overall quality of life.
As we’ve covered previously, construction workers are particularly vulnerable to depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation. With so many tasks requiring sharp mental acuity, construction workers must take care of their minds as well as their bodies. In some instances, a small adjustment to someone’s sleeping habits can be enough to improve mental health. In others, a worker may need to seek professional counseling.
Employers can help by having an open door policy and being receptive when a worker comes forward with a mental health issue. Private meetings to clarify pay, scheduling, retirement, pension, and job security can alleviate concerns before they take a mental toll on a workforce. Quality of life should be just as much a concern for employers as it is for employees. If you are concerned that a worker might be a danger to themselves or to those around them, consult with a construction law attorney in Franklin, TN, before a preventable injury occurs on your jobsite.
For more information on improving the quality of life on a construction site, please read part three, where we will be discussing ingenious ideas to apply to workplace design.
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