Traumatic injury among drywall installers, 1992 to 1995.
Chiou-SS; Pan-CS; Keane-P
J Occup Environ Med 2000 Nov; 42(11):1101-1108
This study examined the traumatic-injury characteristics associated with one of the high-risk occupations in the construction industry-drywall installers-through an analysis of the traumatic-injury data obtained from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An additional objective was to demonstrate a feasible and economic approach to identify risk factors associated with a specific occupation by using an existing database. An analysis of nonfatal traumatic injuries with days away from work among wage-and-salary drywall installers was performed for 1992 through 1995 using the Occupational Injury and Illness Survey conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Results from this study indicate that drywall installers are at a high risk of overexertion and falls to a lower level. More than 40% of the injured drywall installers suffered sprains, strains, and/or tears. The most frequently injured body part was the trunk. More than one-third of the trunk injuries occurred while handling solid building materials, mainly drywall. In addition, the database analysis used in this study is valid in identifying overall risk factors for specific occupations.
Traumatic-injuries; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Humans; Musculoskeletal-system; Injuries; Statistical-analysis; Materials-handling; Manual-materials-handling; Manual-lifting
Division of Safety Research, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Morgantown, W.V. 26505, USA
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine