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Assessing low back stress in the construction industry using the continuous assessment of back stress (CABS) method.

Authors
Mirka-GA; Kelaher-DP; Nay-DT; Lawrence-BM
Source
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, October 5-9, 1998, Chicago, Illinois, Human-System Interaction: The Sky's No Limit. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 1998 Oct 42(Ind Erg):886-890
NIOSHTIC No.
20024118
Abstract
The construction industry has long been identified as a high risk industry for low back injuries due to the significant amount of manual materials handling and awkward trunk postures associated with many of its jobs. The variable nature of the tasks performed by construction workers expose these workers to risk factors for both acute and cumulative trauma injuries. The aim of this research project was to develop a modeling system that made use of existing assessment tools and probabilistic presentations of low back stress. The results of this analysis are distributions of biomechanical stress that provide an appreciation for both the acute and cumulative trauma risks posed by these jobs.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ergonomics; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Environmental-factors; Weight-factors; Posture; Manual-materials-handling; Materials-handling
Contact
The Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7906
CODEN
PHFSDQ
Publication Date
19981001
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1999
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
ISBN No.
9780945289074
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-413061
Issue of Publication
Ind Erg
ISSN
1071-1813
Source Name
Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 42nd Annual Meeting, October 5-9, 1998, Chicago, Illinois, Human-System Interaction: The Sky's No Limit
State
NC
Performing Organization
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7906
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