IN MEMORIAM safety and health on construction sites. Until the late 1980s this industrial sector, which contains some of the most hazardous work- places in America, had been neglected by researchers and policy- makers alike. Melius helped to end that neglect by assisting the Laborers International Union to develop a unique national program that encompassed not only occupational safety and health but also health promotion activities such as smoking cessation, the first— and still the only—national worker protection program that uses health insurance premiums to support occupational safety and health. He also forged an agreement between the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the construction industry to create the National Construction Safety and Health Research Pro- gram. In consequence of these efforts, 500 fewer workers die each year on construction sites today than in 1990. ames M. Melius, MD, DrPH was an occupational physician and a In 1983, Melius was appointed Chairman of the Medical J national and international leader in occupational medicine and Advisory Board for the International Association of Fire Fighters. epidemiology. He was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts in There he conducted research on occupationally induced hearing 1948 and died of cardiac arrest in
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine – Wolters Kluwer Health
Published: Feb 1, 2018
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