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Investigation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in wall plastering jobs within the construction industry

Abdol Rahman, Mohd Nasrull and Abdul Rani, Mat Rebi and Mohd Rohani, Jafri (2012) Investigation of work-related musculoskeletal disorders in wall plastering jobs within the construction industry. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 43 (4). ISSN 1051-9815


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OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to investigate the work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) among workers in wall plastering jobs within the construction industry. PARTICIPANTS: A total of 43 workers within three workplaces participated in the study. METHODS: Subjects were interviewed using self-report charts. During the task duration, observation of the workplace was carried out using a Workplace Ergonomic Risk Assessment (WERA) method. RESULTS: An analysis of WERA assessment, the wrist score for WERA body part was >4 in 86% of workers, while wrist pain or discomfort was reported by 86%, yielding a significant association between WERA body part score and self-reported pain (χ(2)=16.12; p=0.000). The WERA body part score for the shoulder regions during wall plastering job yielded a score > 4 in 93% and caused shoulder pain or discomfort in 91%, the association being significant (χ(2)=12.58; p=0.000). The back regions for WERA body part score was >4 in 91% of workers, with 98% reporting pain or back discomfort, with a significant association (χ(2)=9.98; p=0.002). CONCLUSIONS: These results showed that statistically significance for the wrist, shoulder and back regions of the individual WERA body part scores were affecting the worker and lead to the development of pain or discomfort among workers in wall plastering jobs

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ergonomic risk assessment; observation method; physical risk factors; workplace; WERA tool
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General) > TA177-185 Engineering models. Engineering economy
Divisions: Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering > Department of Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013 03:46
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2019 04:25
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/4104
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