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Workload assessment in building construction related activities in India.

Applied ergonomics

Workload, Risk Factors, Rest, physiology, Posture, Occupational Health, Male, Lifting, India, Humans, Hot Temperature, Heart Rate, Female, Facility Design and Construction, Blood Pressure, Analysis of Variance, Adult, Adolescent, prevention & control, Accidents, Occupational

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      A field study was conducted to highlight the occupational risk factors related to building construction activities in India among female workers. These workers were engaged in eight different types of activities and related work parameters were studied in detail. From field environmental parameters, the calculated WBGT was obtained as 30.26+/-1.52 degrees C, indicated that these workers worked under a positive heat load condition. Whole day work study was conducted on 11 adult female workers performing concreting operation. They were having age of 28-32 years with 5-7 years of work experience. These workers were mainly performing two types of operations in the field: (A) asymmetric lifting during concreting a boundary wall formwork of a lift unit and (B) carrying the concrete mixture. During asymmetric lifting, the average field working heart rate (HR) was calculated as 124.1+/-12.5 beats min(-1), equivalent to 45.03+/-6.93% of VO(2) max level. These working heart rates (HRs) were significantly (p

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      10.1016/j.apergo.2007.11.010
      18206852

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