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Reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders among rodbusters.

Authors
Albers-J; Hudock-SD
Source
Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2010-103, 2009 Nov; :1-4
NIOSHTIC No.
20036194
Abstract
NIOSH evaluated reinforcing ironworkers' (rodbusters) exposures to risk factors for developing low-back and hand disorders when tying together reinforcing steel bars (rebar) on a freeway bridge. Rodbusters used three techniques to tie rebar together - a pliers and a tie wire wheel, a battery operated power tier (PT), and a PT with an extension handle (PTE). NIOSH found that using the PT and PTE reduced the rodbusters' exposures to risk factors for work-related low-back and hand-wrist disorders. In addition, power tying was twice as fast as than pliers tying.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Back-injuries; Hand-injuries; Hand-tools; Injury-prevention; Cumulative-trauma; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Iron-workers; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Road-construction
Publication Date
20091101
Document Type
Workplace Solutions; Numbered Publication
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
PB2010-103902
NTIS Price
A01
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 2010-103
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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