Occupational strain and appearance of musculo skeletal attrition in bricklayers in comparison with joiners and painters and decorators: a combined orthopaedic, epidemiological, occupational scientific and bio-mechanical longitudinal study

Project No. BG21 #001


completed 06/1997


Increased risk of spine, joint and tendon disorders in construction workers (and introduction of the new occupational illness list numbers 2108 and 2109). Goal: explaining the cause-effect relationship between musculo skeletal disorders and the influences of activities performed in construction work in an interdisciplinary, integrated, observational approach; determining and analysing problematic activities/working procedures; derivation and evaluation of intervention and prevention measures


Cross-sectional study of 561 construction workers (bricklayers, painters, concrete workers, joiners): investigation of occupational case histories, past illnesses, risk factors external to the working environment; standardised orthopaedic examination with functional diagnosis, occupational medical examination with immunological tests, second cross-sectional examination after three years (480 construction workers); occupational scientific field studies to analyse characteristic work activities; more profound analysis of selected characteristic work activities in the bio-mechanics laboratory. Development of an occupational scientific inquiry instrument for the continuous determining of individual strain.


Multiple correlations provide points of main effort of prevention


Symposium "Körperliche Belastungen und Erkrankungen im Baugewerbe" 17./18.11.1997 in Hamburg

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Financed by:
  • Bundesministerium für Bildung
  • Wissenschaft
  • Forschung und Technologie (BMBF)
Research institution(s):
  • Universitätskrankenhaus Hamburg-Eppendorf
  • Nordig-Institut für Gesundheitsforschung und Prävention
  • Hamburg
  • Abteilung Arbeitswissenschaft
  • Universität Hamburg
  • Rheumaklinik Bad Bramstedt
  • Kooperationsstelle Hamburg

construction industry

Type of hazard:

handling of loads


Berufskrankheit, Heben und Tragen von Lasten, Epidemiologie

Description, key words:

Integral cause analysis for spinal illnesses