Engaging construction contractors to identify barriers and promising practices to reduce the risk for occupational injuries associated with manual materials handling

Eileen Betit, John Strand, Ann Marie Dale, Charlotte Chang, Scott Schneider, Jeff Tiedeman, Daniel Hopwood, Chris Trahan Cain, David Rempel

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Abstract

Overexertion injuries related to lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, or carrying objects are a leading cause of occupational injury in the construction industry. Although significant research exists on interventions and practices that could reduce the risk for these injuries, adoption by construction employers has been slow. Ergonomics researchers and safety advocates have struggled to effectively promote safer manual materials handling (MMH) in the complex and dynamic environment of construction sites. Our Ergonomics Community of Practice conducted formative research on the extent to which construction contractors are taking action to reduce MMH injuries, the barriers to engaging in safer practices, and how safety-minded contractors successfully overcame common barriers and associated risks on their job sites. These "positive deviants" used similar strategies regardless of their size or trade. Their strategies suggest fresh opportunities for repositioning and promoting safer MMH practices and increasing their use in the construction industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017
PublisherHuman Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.
Pages960-962
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780945289531
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017 - Austin, United States
Duration: Oct 9 2017Oct 13 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society
Volume2017-October
ISSN (Print)1071-1813

Conference

ConferenceHuman Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017
CountryUnited States
CityAustin
Period10/9/1710/13/17

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    Betit, E., Strand, J., Dale, A. M., Chang, C., Schneider, S., Tiedeman, J., Hopwood, D., Cain, C. T., & Rempel, D. (2017). Engaging construction contractors to identify barriers and promising practices to reduce the risk for occupational injuries associated with manual materials handling. In Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 2017 International Annual Meeting, HFES 2017 (pp. 960-962). (Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; Vol. 2017-October). Human Factors an Ergonomics Society Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1177/1541931213601721