An assessment of health profile and body pain among construction workers

Tariq Umar, Charles Egbu, Mohamed Shaik Honnurvali, Messaoud Saidani, Matira Al-Mutairi

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Abstract

Construction is one of the most hazardous and complex industries worldwide which result into the most fatal accidents and occupational illnesses. It is also regarded as a major industry in not only in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries but worldwide and it is rapidly growing. This study reports an assessment of different body parameter including physiologic factor, and body pain of construction workers from GCC countries. Demographic Data was collected through face to face interview followed by the measurement of BMI, blood pressure and heartbeat. Data for musculoskeletal pain was collected through a structured questionnaire. The results reveal that a majority of workers were overweight or obese. The blood pressure of 43.3% of the participant was more than the threshold and fall under the hypertension values. 46.6% of the workers informed to have experienced body pain in the last three months, while the most frequent reported areas for pain were neck, shoulder, lower back, leg and Knees. Sleeping hours was one of the factors which are considered to be affecting on pain experience of workers. The finding of this research would be helpful to develop strategies to improve the well-being of construction workers in GCC countries.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Municipal Engineer
Volume(In-press)
Early online date24 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 24 Oct 2018

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Keywords

  • Health & safety
  • Safety & hazards
  • Management

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