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Roadworkers - reduction of physical strain

Type
Case study
Country
Netherlands
Languages
English
Provider
EU OSHA

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Description

Description: 

The main objective of the project was to reduce physical strain in order to lower the prevalence of knee and back problems and cut the rate of absenteeism. It wasn’t enough to change the working method of the workers but the task itself needed to be changed, by altering the street design (addressing designers to consider human factors when designing a street).

Roadworkers - reduction of physical strain

Detailed Information

Sector / Industry covered: 
Construction of roads and motorways
Hazards: 
Awkward postures
Fast-paced work
Forceful movements
Manual handling of loads
Repetitive movements/work
Static postures - standing
Health effects: 
Back pain or injury
Upper limb disorders
Lower limb disorders
Neck and shoulder disorders
Prevention measures: 
Elimination of hazards
Improving individual working techniques (e.g manual handling postures)
Technical measures e.g. ergonomic equipment
Worker groups covered (vulnerable groups etc.): 
All (no specific group)
Target audience: 
Employers
Managers
Workers
Priority area: 
Prevention
Date of Publication / Year : 
2010