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Reducing work-related musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers.

Ringen K
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, U02-CCU-308771, 1993 Dec; :1-581
In October 1992, the Center to Protect Workers' Rights (CPWR) began a three year cooperative agreement with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) to develop and implement a research project addressing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMD) among construction-workers. Specifically, the aims and objectives of the project are to: 1) Identify, through surveillance and field work, specific high risk trades and construction tasks which place workers at high risk on WMD, 2) Identify and test interventions which can help reduce the risk of injury, and 3) Explore the feasibility of a long-term longitudinal study of WMD among construction workers. As detailed in its initial submission to NIOSH, the project consortium is headed by the Center to Protect Workers' Rights, the research arm of the Building and Construction Trades Department (AFL-CIO). The other consortium members include the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, the University of Iowa, the George Washington University Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and the George Washington University Biostatistics Center. The CPWR and its WMD Consortium has made good progress in Year 1 of its three year cooperative agreement. Working closely with NIOSH, the focus of Year 1 has been on surveillance and hazard identification/interventions. The project's level of activities will increase in Year 2, and the CPWR, working with NIOSH, has already begun to focus on long-term plans for Year 3 and beyond.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Work-analysis; Repetitive-work; Construction-workers; Construction-industry; Surveillance-programs
Publication Date
Document Type
Final Cooperative Agreement Report
Funding Amount
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
Identifying No.
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal system disorders
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division