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Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) in Construction

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) make up more than one in five nonfatal injuries in construction. These are injuries of the muscles, tendons, joints, and nerve tissues, such as sprains, strains, nerve compression (e.g., carpal tunnel), and herniated discs. MSDs can be caused or aggravated by construction work activities, such as repetitive movements, bending frequently, and lifting items.

This dashboard, which accompanies CPWR’s May 2022 Data Bulletin, examines MSDs resulting in days away from work in the construction industry. Publicly available injury data were obtained from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII).

Dashboard instructions and information on filters, charts, and definitions are included in the information icon Data Dashboard information icon located to the right of the dashboard title.

You can download the data as a spreadsheet. Each worksheet’s name is based on the corresponding dashboard chart.

The dashboard will be updated annually when new data are available, with the next update scheduled for Spring 2023. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected].

Recommended Citation: CPWR-The Center for Construction Research and Training. [2022]. Musculoskeletal Disorders in Construction [dashboard].


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