How does construction workers’ bodily pain impact their mental health?

Summary

This project explored the interaction between bodily pain and mental health among manual construction workers. As well as exploring the interaction between physical pain and mental health, the research examined the impact of this interaction on ‘workability’, defined as the extent to which individuals have the health and basic competence required to accomplish work tasks—assuming the work tasks are reasonable, and the work environment is acceptable.

Data for the study was collected through surveys and interviews with manual construction workers.

The research findings contribute to the evidence base by establishing a clear relationship between physical pain and mental health, which is illustrated in a conceptual model outlining the relationship between work tasks, pain, mental health, and work ability.

The findings were shared with industry to help inform organisational strategies to promote workability and drive improvements to construction workers’ health.

Team

  • Michelle Turner
  • Helen Lingard

Partners

  • The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
  • Incolink

Publications

Peer-reviewed papers/outputs

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.