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Construction Ergonomics

Online Training Certification Course

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This ergonomics certification course presents information on basic ergonomics practices designed for workers in the construction industry and the types of injuries that can be avoided using these concepts. Ergonomics training emphasizes hazard identification and safe work practices that apply to all construction workers.

Construction work often requires lifting, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching overhead, or working in other awkward positions that push the body beyond its natural limits. Ergonomics, the science of fitting the job or task to the worker, helps to minimize or eliminate worker fatigue, discomfort, and injury. Using ergonomics in construction work reduces the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs).

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This construction ergonomics online training was designed for construction workers. The strenuous nature of construction work means that injuries such as strains and sprains are common among construction workers, resulting in missed work and sometimes permanent disability. For this reason, ergonomic training, or training in the science of body posture and proper tool use, is critical to a safe construction worksite. This online certification course meets the requirements set forth by OSHA for construction ergonomics safety training.

Case Study: A 26-year-old worker was employed at a construction site running a jackhammer to break up concrete. He was young and healthy and did not want any of his co-workers to think he was not up to the job, so he kept silent when he started to feel tingling and numbness in the tips of his fingers when he was done with work for the day. As the weeks went by, the numbness progressed to severe pain and he found himself taking large amounts of aspirin to function. The pain in his elbows became so severe that it kept him awake at night. Over time, his symptoms worsened to the point that he was unable to grip the steering wheel of his car or hold a spoon properly. He was afraid to miss work because he was supporting his young family and needed to pay his bills. He did not want to complain and lose his job.

When he finally sought medical help, the nerve damage caused by the jackhammer and other vibrating tools he had used was so severe that he had to have major surgery on both hands and wrists. It was six months before he could get back the full functioning of his hands to grip a tool.

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Governing Regulations

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 created the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA, an agency of the U.S. Department of Labor, is charged with the enforcement of safety and health conditions of workers through the use of regulations published in the Code of Federal Regulations. OSHA standards are published in Title 29 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

OSHA guidelines do not have a construction ergonomics standard. However, this topic falls under the General Duty Clause, which states that an employer must provide their employee with a workplace free from recognized hazards that can cause injury or death.

What You'll Learn

    Basic Concepts of Ergonomics
  • Your Body's Power Zone
  • How Your Hands Grip and Hold
  • Injuries Can Be Costly
  • Employee Turnover and Lost Days Can Be Costly
  • Reduced Productivity Can Be Costly
  • Common Injuries and Causes
  • Who is at Risk of Injury?
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs)
  • Causes of CTDs
  • Symptoms of CTDs
  • Strains or Sprains
    Safety Standards
  • Safety Standards-OSHA
  • Safety Standards-CDC: NIOSH
  • Safety Standards-ANSI
    Safety Responsibilities
  • Safety Responsibilities of Employers
  • Safety Responsibilities of Employees
  • Personal Protective Equipment
    Ergonomic Hazards and Solutions
  • Floor and Ground Level Work Hazards
  • Floor and Ground Level Work Solutions
  • Overhead Work Hazards
  • Overhead Work Solutions
  • Hazards from Lifting, Pulling, Holding, and Handling Materials
  • Solutions for Lifting, Pulling, Holding, and Handling Materials
  • The Proper Way to Lift
  • Two-Person Lifting Tips
  • Hand-intensive Work Hazards
  • Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome: A Serious Matter
  • Hand-intensive Work Solutions
  • Reducing Injuries from High Vibration Equipment
  • Tips for Selecting Hand Tools
    • Tip No. 1: Know Your Work Space
    • Tip No. 2: Improve Your Work Posture
    • Tip No. 3: Use Tools that Allow for the Right Grip
    • Tip No. 4: Use Tools with Ergonomic Handles
  • Checklist for Selecting Ergonomic Hand Tools
    Reporting Unsafe Working Conditions
  • Reporting Symptoms of CTDs
  • Injury Response
    Additional Resources

It will take a MINIMUM of 2 hours to complete this online course. The student may log on and off as needed. A bookmark will be set so when they log back in they will return to where they left off.

We have no restrictions on how long a person takes to complete a course. Likewise, if you are purchasing for others, we have no time limit on assigning courses. So you can purchase a larger quantity than you currently need and take advantage of volume discounts.

Employers are responsible for training new personnel before assigning them to tasks that may expose them to physical hazards that could potentially cause musculoskeletal injuries or permanent disability.

Annual safety training ensures that employees understand the components of ergonomics in construction. This online training meets these requirements.

Each student will receive 0.2 CEUs (or 2 CMEs) from Compliance Training Online® for completing this course.

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