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Measurement and Analysis of Ergonomic Loads on Mechanical System Installers

Abstract Construction work is ergonomically hazardous, as it requires numerous awkward postures, heavy lifting and other forceful exertions. Prolonged repetition and overexertion have a cumulative effect on workers often resulting in work related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs). The United States spends approximately $850 billion a year on WMSDs. Mechanical installation workers experience serious overexertion injuries at rates exceeding the national average for all industries and all construction workers, and second only to laborers. The main contributing factors of WMSDs are ergonomic loads and extreme stresses due to incorrect postures. The motivation for this study is to reduce the WMSDs among mechanical system (HVAC system) installation ... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Hussain, Sanaa Fatima (Author) / Mitropoulos, Panagiotis (Advisor) / Wiezel, Avi (Committee member) / Guarascio-Howard, Linda (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Engineering / Analysis / Ergonomics / HVAC / Measurement / Mechanical / WMSDs
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 218 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Construction 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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