Cardiovascular Disease In the construction industry
By: Colin Corna, Senior Marketing Coordinator/Proposal Manager for HAWA
According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease (CVD) disproportionately affects the construction industry.
Careers in construction and other industrial disciplines are physically demanding, involve long hours, and limit nutritional options. The associated mental stress further increases workplace emergency risk. Because of this, it is important to be ready should something occur.
Precautionary measures in case of an emergency can include the following:
Having an automated external defibrillator (AED) in the workplace
Learn CPR, a technique that anyone can learn that significantly improves a cardiac victim's chance of survival.
Develop a workplace plan
Develop heart-healthy changes and prepare your workplace for a medical emergency through information found at The American Heart Association. And for those in the area, consider volunteering with Cincinnati Hard Hats with Heart, and help spread awareness of the importance of heart health in the construction industry.