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dc.contributorDepartment of Building and Real Estateen_US
dc.contributorDepartment of Rehabilitation Sciencesen_US
dc.creatorUmer, Wen_US
dc.creatorLi, Hen_US
dc.creatorSzeto, GPYen_US
dc.creatorWong, AYLen_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-31T01:16:28Z-
dc.date.available2018-01-31T01:16:28Z-
dc.identifier.issn0733-9364en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10397/72179-
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineersen_US
dc.rights© 2017 American Society of Civil Engineers.en_US
dc.rightsThis material may be downloaded for personal use only. Any other use requires prior permission of the American Society of Civil Engineers. This material may be found at https://ascelibrary.org/doi/10.1061/%28ASCE%29CO.1943-7862.0001383en_US
dc.subjectBiomechanical evaluationen_US
dc.subjectConstruction ergonomicsen_US
dc.subjectLabor and personnel issuesen_US
dc.subjectOccupational safety and healthen_US
dc.subjectRebar tyingen_US
dc.titleLow-cost ergonomic intervention for mitigating physical and subjective discomfort during manual rebar tyingen_US
dc.typeJournal/Magazine Articleen_US
dc.identifier.spage04017075-1en_US
dc.identifier.epage04017075-12en_US
dc.identifier.volume143en_US
dc.identifier.issue10en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1061/(ASCE)CO.1943-7862.0001383en_US
dcterms.abstractThe construction industry around the globe is facing a massive predicament of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), largely attributed to the excessive physical exertion at worksites. Whereas ergonomic interventions are suggested to be an effective approach to mitigate such routine exertion, these ergonomic interventions should be task specific because of the unique characteristics of each trade (such as rebar work; a construction trade with a high prevalence rate of MSDs). Despite numerous potential interventions available for rebar workers, none of them has been widely adopted, especially in the Asian market. After considering various reasons impeding their broad usage, the authors coined a simple ergonomic solution by attaching a low height domestic stool to the pants of rebar workers. This would allow them to sit and work instead of squatting, which is the most preferred posture in Asian cultures for working at ground level. The novel intervention was tested against squatting for various physical outcomes (i.e., muscle activity, neuromuscular fatigue, trunk kinematics and lower extremity blood circulation) and self-perceived discomfort, using a simulated rebar tying task in a laboratory. These findings demonstrate that the intervention has beneficial effects on both physical and subjective outcomes, and has a great potential in reducing work-related MSDs among Asian rebar workers. Additionally, the current study highlights that ergonomic interventions in the construction industry should be derived based on both the characteristics of specific construction trades and culture of workers.en_US
dcterms.accessRightsopen accessen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationJournal of construction engineering and management, Oct. 2017, v. 143, no. 10, 4017075, p. 04017075-1-04017075-12en_US
dcterms.isPartOfJournal of construction engineering and managementen_US
dcterms.issued2017-10-
dc.identifier.scopus2-s2.0-85026678340-
dc.identifier.ros2016003341-
dc.identifier.eissn1943-7862en_US
dc.identifier.artn4017075en_US
dc.identifier.rosgroupid2017002679-
dc.description.ros2016-2017 > Academic research: refereed > Publication in refereed journalen_US
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dc.description.oaAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.identifier.FolderNumbera0829-n24-
dc.identifier.SubFormID1919-
dc.description.fundingSourceOthersen_US
dc.description.fundingTextHong Kong Construction Industry Councilen_US
dc.description.pubStatusPublisheden_US
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