Trends of musculoskeletal disorders and interventions in the construction industry
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Trends of musculoskeletal disorders and interventions in the construction industry

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    Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are soft-tissue injuries caused by sudden or sustained exposure to repetitive motion, force, vibration, and awkward positions (NIOSH, 2018). In addition to discomfort, pain, and physical suffering for injured workers, MSDs have brought financial burdens to workers and their families, employers, and society with loss of income and productivity, increasing medical expenses and workers’ compensation, and Social Security disability payments. It is estimated that the costs of MSDs (work- and non-work-related) in the United States accounted for 5.8% of GDP in 2014, exceeding defense spending for that year (USBJI, 2018). MSDs and the hazards that cause them are common in the construction industry (CPWR, 2018). To identify high-risk worker groups and prioritize areas for intervention in construction, this Quarterly Data Report analyzes trends and patterns of work- and non-work-related MSDs among construction workers using employer-reported data as well as worker self-reported data. CPWR’s Ergonomics Community of Practice has developed programs and compiled information to address this hazard. Due to complex definitions and measures used in this report, users should review the accompanying notes and text with the charts. Research for this report was funded by CPWR using grant U54 OH008307 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH. Hispanic_Data_Brief-Nov-09.pdf
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