Musculoskeletal disorders within the carpentry trade: analysis of timber flooring subtasks

Akanmu, Abiola and Olayiwola, Johnson and Olatunji, Oluwole Alfred ORCID: (2020) Musculoskeletal disorders within the carpentry trade: analysis of timber flooring subtasks. Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 27 (9). pp. 2577-2590. ISSN 0969-9988


Purpose: Carpenters are constantly vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders. Their work consists of subtasks that promote nonfatal injuries and pains that affect different body segments. The purpose of this study is to examine ergonomic exposures of carpentry subtasks involved in floor framing, how they lead to musculoskeletal injuries, and how preventive and protective interventions around them can be effective. Design/methodology/approach: Using wearable sensors, this study characterizes ergonomic exposures of carpenters by measuring and analyzing body movement data relating to major subtasks in carpentry flooring work. The exposures are assessed using Postural Ergonomic Risk Assessment classification, which is based on tasks involving repetitive subtasks and nonstatic postures. Findings: The findings of this paper suggest severe risk impositions on the trunk, shoulder and elbow as a result of the measuring and marking and cutting out vent locations, as well as in placing and nailing boards into place. Research limitations/implications: Because of the type and size of wearable sensor used, only results of risk exposures of four body-parts are presented. Practical implications: This study draws insights on how to benchmark trade-specific measurement of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. Safety efforts can be targeted toward these risk areas and subtasks. Specifically, results from these will assist designers and innovators in designing effective and adaptable protective interventions and safety trainings. Originality/value: Extant studies have failed to provide adequate evidence regarding the relationships between subtasks and musculoskeletal disorders; they have only mimicked construction tasks through laboratory experimental scenarios. This study adds value to the existing literature, in particular by providing insights into hazards associated with floor carpentry subtasks.

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Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 01:32
Last Modified: 31 May 2022 23:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Case study; Construction safety; Construction site; Technology
Fields of Research (2020): 33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330299 Building not elsewhere classified
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330207 Quantity surveying
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3302 Building > 330203 Building industry studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 12 CONSTRUCTION > 1299 Other construction > 129999 Other construction not elsewhere classified
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