Construction workers are at high risk for developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), such as strains, sprains, carpal tunnel, and back injuries, due to the physically demanding nature of the work they perform. CPWR’s ergonomics community of practice is focused on advancing the use of evidence-based interventions designed to reduce WMSDs, engaging stakeholders in addressing barriers to use of these interventions, and identifying new research needs.
Significant research has been done on the work activities that create a risk for WMSDs. The following training materials, research and online resources can help reduce the risk and prevent injuries.
Training Materials & Toolbox Talks
Best Built Plans – Comprehensive Ergonomics Training Program – This program and related planning resources were developed to reduce risks associated with manually lifting and moving materials, including strain and sprain injuries.
- Best Built Plans – Training for Workers
- Instructor Guide
- PowerPoint Presentations:
- Best Built Plans Contractor Program — Coming soon
- The Best Built Plans program also includes a Planning Tool and Other Resources
- Toolbox Talks
- Guides & Checklists
- Fact Sheets/Tip Sheets
- SAVE – Safety Voice for Ergonomics (a free training program designed to teach masonry brick and block apprentices problem solving skills and ergonomics)
Equipment & Tools Resulting from Research
Solutions from NIOSH’s Mining Division with application for construction:
A. Current CPWR Projects Underway:
- Interventions to Improve Safety Climate and Ergonomics In Construction SME
- Safety Voice for Ergonomics (SAVE)
- Test Bench for Evaluating Concrete Drilling Methods
B. Completed Research: