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A new method for overhead drilling.

Authors
Rempel-D; Star-D; Barr-A; Gibbons-B; Janowitz-I
Source
Ergonomics 2009 Dec; 52(12):1584-1589
NIOSHTIC No.
20036343
Abstract
In the construction sector, overhead drilling into concrete or metal ceilings is a strenuous task associated with shoulder, neck and back musculoskeletal disorders due to the large applied forces and awkward arm postures. Two intervention devices, an inverted drill press and a foot lever design, were developed then compared to the usual method by construction workers performing their normal overhead drilling activities (n = 14). While the intervention devices were rated as less fatiguing than the usual method, their ratings on usability measures were worse than the usual method. The study demonstrates that the intervention devices can reduce fatigue; however, additional modifications are necessary in order to improve usability and productivity. Devices designed to improve workplace safety may need to undergo several rounds of field testing and modification prior to implementation.
Keywords
Analytical-processes; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Engineering; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Injury-prevention; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Risk-analysis; Safety-engineering; Safety-measures; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Author Keywords: design; construction; shoulder; musculoskeletal disorders; fall protection
Contact
David Rempel, Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720
CODEN
ERGOAX
Publication Date
20091201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
david.rempel@ucsf.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0014-0139
Priority Area
Construction
SIC Code
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Source Name
Ergonomics
State
CA; MD
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