Ergonomic interventions for the home building industry.
Mirka-GA; Kelaher-DP; Nay-DT; Monroe-M; Lutz-T
Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, Vol. 5, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 4, 2000. Santa Monica, CA: Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, 2000 Jul; 5:705-706
Workers on framing carpentry crews in the home building industry are exposed to many of the recognized occupational risk factors for low back disorders. The focus of the current project was the design, fabrication and evaluation of a set of engineering controls designed to reduce the exposure to these risk factors. A biomechanical evaluation of the work activities of the workers on a framing crew was perfonned using the CABS methodology which employs three well- established low back stress assessment tools. From this evaluation a prioritized list of high-risk activities was developed. An iterative, participative engineering development process was employed to develop efficacious, cost-effective engineering controls. Described in this paper are tl1ree of these solutions: an extension handle for a nailgun, a pneumatic wall lift and a vertical material lift. A description of the impact that these tools had on low back stress and productivity are presented.
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ergonomics; Back-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Environmental-factors; Weight-factors; Posture; Engineering-controls
The Ergonomics Laboratory, Department of Industrial Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7906
Proceedings of the IEA 2000/HFES 2000 Congress, Vol. 5, San Diego, CA, July 30-August 4, 2000
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina