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Making sense of highway construction: a taxonomic framework for ergonomic exposure assessment and intervention research.

Authors
Moir-S; Paquet-V; Punnett-L; Bucholz-B; Wegman-D
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2003 Apr; 18(4):256-267
NIOSHTIC No.
20029224
Abstract
Construction is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Occupational health research to characterize the hazards in construction work has been hampered by the lack of a systematic approach to classification of construction work and its associated hazards. A taxonomy of construction work, a nested system of classification, has been developed to systematize the collection and reporting of exposure assessment data for the characterization and reduction of hazards and the prevention of musculoskeletal injury. This taxonomy subdivides construction work into the categories of stage, operation, task, and activity. It is based on a bidding specification system already in use within the industry and thus provides a terminology common among workers, supervisors, and managers. The identification of tasks and activities that are present in multiple stages and/or trades contributes to the efficiency of exposure data collection and facilitates the generalizability to other settings for both exposure data and intervention evaluations. The taxonomy provides a framework and vocabulary that facilitates field work and participatory research activities. It can also potentially be linked to personnel and economic data for estimation of costs of safety and health problems, as well as benefits of interventions. Although developed for construction ergonomics, the taxonomic approach has application to non-routine work in other industry sectors and possibly in occupational health research other than ergonomics.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-industry; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Construction-workers; Exposure-assessment; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Workers; Worker-health; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Author Keywords: Construction; Ergonomics; Exposure Assessment; Intervention Research; Participatory Research
Contact
College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
20030401
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant; Contract; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCU-113060; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-308771; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-312014; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-317202; Contract-200-94-2861
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1047-322X
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
MA; NY; DC
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts
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