Assessing and reducing the risk of work-related musculoskeletal injury in rail construction work.
Construction is a high risk industry for work-related musculoskeletal disorders. A multidisciplinary research team from RMIT worked with the Victorian Government’s Major Transport Infrastructure Program to assess and reduce the risk of work-related musculoskeletal injury in rail construction work.
A whole body system of wearable sensors was used to objectively measure risk factors for musculoskeletal injury while workers were performing their daily work tasks. Opportunities to reduce risks were identified and objectively measured. The research shows that musculoskeletal injury risk can be reduced by modifying the environment, redesigning methods of work and carefully selecting the tools and equipment to be used.
Funding Partner: WorkSafe Victoria and the Major Transport Infrastructure Program, Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources, Victorian State Government.
The research process is described in this short report and accompanying video.
Research to practice report: Musculoskeletal risk reduction
The full research report provides a review of the relevant literature, as well as a detailed description of the research methods and results.
Full report: Musculoskeletal injury reduction (December 2017) (PDF 7.0 MB)
The following three research-to-practice reports and accompanying films show practical ways to reduce musculoskeletal injury in common manual construction tasks.