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Ergonomic best practices in masonry: regional differences, benefits, barriers, and recommendations for dissemination.

Authors
Hess-J; Weinstein-M; Welch-L
Source
J Occup Environ Hyg 2010 Aug; 7(8):446-455
NIOSHTIC No.
20037673
Abstract
Within construction the masonry trade has particularly high rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). A NIOSH-sponsored meeting of masonry stakeholders explored current and potential "Best Practices" for reducing MSDs in masonry and identified potential regional differences in use of practices. To verify and better understand the regional effects and other factors associated with differences in practice use, a national telephone survey of masonry contractors was conducted. The United States was divided into four regions for evaluation: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and West Coast. Nine practices with the potential to reduce MSDs in masonry workers were evaluated. Masonry contractors, owners, and foremen completed 183 surveys. The results verify regional differences in use of best practices in masonry. Half-weight cement bags and autoclave aerated concrete were rarely used anywhere, while lightweight block and mortar silos appear to be diffusing across the country. The Northeast uses significantly fewer best practices than other regions. This article examines reasons for regional differences in masonry best practice, and findings provide insight into use and barriers to adoption that can be used by safety managers, researchers, and other safety advocates to more effectively disseminate ergonomic solutions across the masonry industry.
Keywords
Construction; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Masons; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Work-practices; Health-surveys; Cements; Ergonomics; Occupational-health-programs; Occupational-safety-programs; Author Keywords: construction; diffusion; ergonomics; injury prevention; masonry; musculoskeletal disorders
Contact
Jennifer Hess, Labor Education and Research Center, 1289 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403
CODEN
JOEHA2
Publication Date
20100801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
jhessdc@gmail.com
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U54-OH-008307; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1545-9624
Priority Area
Construction
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
MD; OR; FL; DC
Performing Organization
The Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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