An investigation into manual handling practise within drywall construgtion

Saparia, Ashlee (2015) An investigation into manual handling practise within drywall construgtion. BEng dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The dissertation critically appraises and discusses manual handling within the drywall construction industry. It looks into the injuries that can occur during manual handling as well as looking at the competence of drywall operatives. An analytical review of literature from a wide range of sources has been designed looking at the following areas: (1) Health and Safety Executive; (2) CDM Regulations; (3) Handling within drywall construction; (4) Musculoskeletal injuries; (5) Manual handling aids. A number of factors were obtained from these chapters, from which the foundations for a questionnaire were created. The questionnaire was distributed to selected skilled workers within a drywall construction contractor. The survey looked to understand whether operatives were competent enough when performing manual handling tasks. The survey indicated that although operatives demonstrated some competence the lack of knowledge and care free mentality about manual handling proved more of a risk. Another factor from the findings indicates that although the literature shows evidence of mechanical aids reducing the risk of injury, operatives find themselves in a debatable scenario as to whether they use them as they require training and can increase in the time of completing a task. Given that a number of health and safety systems have been put in place over the years, the challenge is now to make sure these are implemented under careful supervision, in accordance to the correct training and completed as effectively as possible to reduce the number of injuries.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Technology > School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
    Depositing User: Jenni King
    Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2015 14:59
    Last Modified: 19 Aug 2015 14:59

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