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Evaluation of the Best Built Plans Manual Material Handling Tool for Construction

This project will conduct a trial of the Best Built Plans (BBP) program, enrolling three types of small and medium-sized contractors – commercial, light commercial and residential — and measure the uptake of BBP tools and the reduction of physical exposures from lifting, as well as collecting other feedback.

Ann Marie Dale
Washington University in St. Louis
Email: Amdale@wustl.edu

Bradley Evanoff
Washington University in St. Louis
Email: bevanoff@wustl.edu

Construction workers continue to suffer from high rates of chronic musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), typically from overexertion, lifting, and manual material handling (MMH).  Although there are many simple ways to prevent these injuries, contractors often lack the knowledge and resources to implement them.  This project will test the Best Built Plans (BBP) program, which aims to increase use of safe MMH practices by offering firms ready-to-use resources.  It will enroll three types of small and medium-sized contractors – commercial, light commercial and residential — and from trades with high rates of lost days from lifting materials, such as iron workers and drywall installers.  The project will measure the uptake of BBP tools and the reduction of physical exposures from lifting, as well as collecting feedback on what has proven useful.

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