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Author Choi, Sang D. ♦ Hudson, Lisa ♦ Kangas, Peter ♦ Jungen, Brett ♦ Maple, Jennifer ♦ Bowen, Chevon
Source CiteSeerX
Content type Text
File Format PDF
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Short Communication Occupational Ergonomic Issue ♦ Highway Construction Surveyed ♦ United State ♦ Heavy Material ♦ Health Professional ♦ Final Survey ♦ Construction Firm ♦ Safety Program ♦ Pilot Survey ♦ Construction Contractor ♦ Effective Change ♦ Manual Handling ♦ Safe Work Practice ♦ Pilot Study ♦ Construction Field ♦ Ergonomic-related Injury ♦ Highway Construction ♦ Workplace Ergonomic Issue ♦ Manual Lifting ♦ Construction Industry ♦ Finger Injury ♦ Site-specific Ergonomics Program ♦ Frequent Construction Task Injury Combination ♦ Construction Worker ♦ Adequate Questionnaire ♦ Survey Result ♦ Research Team ♦ Study Objective ♦ Clear Direction ♦ Significant Amount ♦ Back Injury
Abstract Abstract: This study discusses the workplace ergonomic issues in highway construction, and the safe work practices associated with the prevention of ergonomic-related injuries and illnesses in the construction field. In order to achieve the study objectives, a survey was designed and sent to Wisconsin based construction contractors. To design an adequate questionnaire, the research team first conducted a pilot study. The findings from the pilot survey provided a clear direction in creating the final survey. The survey results indicated that hand and finger injuries due to cutting operations and back injuries due to the manual handling of heavy materials to be the most frequent construction task/injury combination. All of the construction firms surveyed had a safety program; however, most of the contractors did not have a site-specific ergonomics program. The construction workers were usually walking/working on the ground, ladder and scaffold, and spent significant amount of time for the manual lifting or carrying heavy materials. The findings from this study may assist safety and health professionals in the construction industry in making effective changes for improving health and productivity.
Educational Role Student ♦ Teacher
Age Range above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2006-01-01