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Assessment of perceived traumatic injury hazards during drywall taping and sanding.

Pan CS; Chiou S; Hsiao H; Becker P; Akldios M
Int J Ind Ergon 2000 Jul; 25(6):621-631
The objective of this study was to identify the drywall finishing tasks which are directly perceived as hazardous by workers. A questionnaire survey was conducted to evaluate workers' perceived injury hazards (physical stress, fall potential, and struck by/against an object) for six finishing tasks (4 taping and 2 sanding tasks) and three items of elevated support equipment. Thirty experienced drywall finishers participated in this study. The ratings of perceived physical stress and fall potential varied significantly among the six tasks (both p values <0.05). Subjects perceived greater physical stress for the two drywall sanding tasks than the four taping tasks. Sanding skimmed drywall without the use of pole sanders, in particular sanding ceiling joints, nails, and corners was rated most stressful. Wrists/hands and shoulders were identified as the most affected body part subject to physical stress during drywall taping and sanding. Tasks performed with the use of stilts were rated as having greater fall potential than those without using stilts. The activity of putting on stilts and getting up on them was most likely to cause loss of balance. Results from this study provide information directly from experienced workers to help identify hazardous tasks and activities associated with drywall finishing. The findings will assist in focusing future research efforts on the most hazardous tasks and activities of drywall finishing.
Injury prevention; Occupational accidents; Occupational hazards; Physical stress; Physical reactions; Accidents; Accident prevention; Accident analysis; Accident potential; Author Keywords: Drywall installation; Drywall taping and sanding; Physical stress; Fall injury; Struck by and against objects; Traumatic injuries
Christopher S. Pan, Division of Safety Research, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA
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Research Tools and Approaches: Exposure Assessment Methods
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International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
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West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
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