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11th International Symposium on Human Factors in Organisational Design and Management (ODAM 2014) CPH Conference

Distribution of work tasks and associations to pain, fatigue and physical exertion among construction workers
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Author:Jeppe Z N Ajslev (The Construction Industry’s Health and Safety Bus and Centre for Working Life Research, Department of Environmental, Social and, Roskilde University, Denmark)
Roger Persson (Department of Psychology, Lunds University, Sweden)
Lars L Andersen (National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark)
Date: 2014-08-18     Track: G - Application areas     Session: G3 - Psycho- social aspects
DOI:10.4122/dtu:2345

In this paper, results from a mixed-methods study on Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in the construction industry will be presented and discussed. The study explores the associations between the distribution of work tasks within work gangs and the workers’ perceived fatigue, physical exertion and pain. The analysis is based on questionnaire responses from 519 construction workers and discussed with interviews from 8 construction work gangs. The analysis shows no associations between the studied variables. The qualitative data reflect these results in general. However, important mechanisms of giving harder tasks to younger workers, and taking over tasks for elder colleagues pose important issues to address. Conclusively, reorganizing the distribution of work tasks within the gang with the hope of preventing MSD in the construction industry does not seem the most obvious solution on the grounds of this research.