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Ergonomic exposures of construction workers: an analysis of the U.S. Department of Labor employment and training administration database on job demands.

Authors
Schneider-S; Griffin-M; Chowdhury-R
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 1998 Apr; 13(4):238-241
NIOSHTIC No.
20031968
Abstract
The U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration DOL/ETA has for many years been collecting quantitative data based on field observations of the job demands of over 13,000 different occupations. Eleven of the 34 variables which DOL/ETA coded for seem to relate to ergonomics. For example, strength required by the job was assessed on a five-point scale from sedentary to very heavy. Construction jobs were identified by reference to classification by DOL/ETA and a contractor association manual. Data were sorted to compare construction job requirements with nonconstruction job requirements. These data show construction jobs to be significantly more ergonomically challenging than nonconstruction jobs. However, few differences seem to exist with regard to some variables, such as reaching, fingering, and handling, where nonconstruction jobs appear equally demanding. Limitations of the data set are also discussed
Keywords
Construction; Ergonomics; Job-analysis; Quantitative-analysis; Occupational-safety-programs; Statistical-analysis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Manual-lifting; Manual-materials-handling
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
19980401
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
751370
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-308771; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-312014
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1047-322X
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
DC; MA
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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