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Reasons for adopting technological innovations reducing physical workload in bricklaying

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Author: Jong, A.M. de · Vink, P. · Kroon, J.C.A. de
Source:Ergonomics, 11, 46, 1091-1108
Identifier: 237282
doi: doi:10.1080/0014013031000111202
Keywords: Ergonomics · Arbeidsproductiviteit · Compact disks · Costs · Health care · Personnel · Bricklaying · Ergonomics · Building material · Clay · Comparative study · Construction work · Controlled study · Cost benefit analysis · Employee · Employer · Human experiment · Industrial worker · Internet · Job satisfaction · Mass medium · Medical literature · Physical activity · Technology · Videotape · Work capacity · Work environment · Construction Materials · Equipment Design · Equipment Safety · Humans · Lifting · Occupational Diseases · Occupational Health · Posture · Stress, Mechanical · Workload


In this paper the adoption of technological innovations to improve the work of bricklayers and bricklayers' assistants is evaluated. Two studies were performed among 323 subjects to determine the adoption of the working methods, the perceived workload, experiences with the working methods, and the reasons for adopting the working methods. Furthermore, a comparison of the results of the studies was made with those of two similar studies in the literature. The results show that more than half of the sector adopted the innovations. The perceived workload was reduced. The employees and employers are satisfied with the working methods and important reasons for adoption were cost/benefit advantages, improvement of work and health, and increase in productivity. Problems preventing the adoption were the use of the working methods at specific sites, for instance in renovation work. The adoption of the new working methods could perhaps have been higher or faster if more attention had been paid to the active participation of bricklayers and bricklayers' assistants during the development of the new working methods and to the use of modern media techniques, such as the Internet and CD/DVD.