A study of trade-specific occupational ergonomics considerations in the U.S. construction industry.
The aim of this survey study was to identify trade-specific ergonomic issues, and discuss practical solutions to reduce work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) and injuries in the construction industry.
Thirty-two construction firms in the Midwestern United States completed the final survey questionnaire. Twelve different construction skilled trades participated included: general contractor, road, heavy and highway, concrete, electrical, carpentry, landscaping, plumbing, roofing, steel erection, street lighting/traffic signal, and utility construction. Total workforce of the participating companies numbered 11,118 employees.
More than 90% of the participants in the survey had a written safety program; however, the majority of the firms did not have a trade-specific ergonomic intervention. The survey revealed that construction constructors perceived safety (worker well-being) as a high priority in their company. This study suggested that construction skilled-trade jobs the construction worker to employ trade-specific hand tools and working body positions that may contribute to different types of WMSD risks, body parts injured, and injury sources. Possible practical construction trade-specific ergonomic solutions might be considered includinge: selection of ergonomic hand tools, reduction of weight of construction materials, and promotion of wellness exercises.
This paper may imply that need for more trade-specific ergonomics program elements to help alleviate the work-related musculoskeletal problems in the construction field.
Department of Occupational and Environmental Safety and Health, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190-1790, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org
SourceWork (Reading, Mass.) 42:2 2012 pg 215-22
Midwestern United States
Muscle Stretching Exercises
Occupational Health Services
Sprains and Strains
Time and Motion Studies
Wounds and Injuries
Pub Type(s)Journal Article