Impact of Cold Weather Conditions on Construction Workers' Health and Evaluation of Work Breaks

Sanjgna Karthick, Sharareh Kermanshachi, Karthikeyan Loganathan

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


The transportation industry employs a wide range of workers, from truck drivers to construction workers operating in active traffic zones. Workers are constantly exposed to unfavorable temperatures that affect their physical and mental health, making it important for them to have longer and more frequent rest periods to recover. Therefore, the objective of this study is to investigate the various factors that contribute to the need for longer breaks when working in cold temperatures. To achieve this objective, a comprehensive questionnaire survey was developed and distributed online to workers in the construction industry. Total responses gathered from the survey distribution were 100 responses. The survey data was used to develop a predictive logistic regression model. The results revealed that dexterity, ineffective cold protective clothing, and the lack of a sufficient cold protection plan are significant indicators that contribute to the need for workers for longer breaks. However, other factors, such as worker age, gender, fatigue, and mental stress, were not significant enough to contribute to the need for extended breaks. The results also indicated that reduced exposure to cold weather with sufficient protective clothing can help in improving their performance in cold temperatures. The outcomes from this study will help employers in construction industry to develop an efficient cold weather work-rest regime, as they understand the various health challenges construction workers experience in cold temperatures, as well as the factors that contribute to their need for extended recovery periods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTransportation Planning, Operations, and Transit
EditorsHeng Wei
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780784484883
StatePublished - 2023
EventInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023 - Austin, United States
Duration: Jun 14 2023Jun 17 2023

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023: Transportation Safety and Emerging Technologies - Selected Papers from the International Conference on Transportation and Development 2023


ConferenceInternational Conference on Transportation and Development 2023, ICTD 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Transportation

Cite this