Best practices for preventing musculoskeletal disorders in masonry: stakeholder perspectives

Appl Ergon. 2007 Sep;38(5):557-66. doi: 10.1016/j.apergo.2006.08.004. Epub 2006 Nov 13.


Brick masons and mason tenders report a high prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), many of which can be prevented with changes in materials, work equipment or work practices. To explore the use of "best practices" in the masonry industry, NIOSH organized a 2-day meeting of masonry stakeholders. Attendees included 30 industry representatives, 5 health and safety researchers, 4 health/safety specialists, 2 ergonomic consultants, and 2 representatives of state workers' compensation programs. Small groups discussed ergonomic interventions currently utilized in the masonry industry, including factors affecting intervention implementation and ways to promote diffusion of interventions. Meeting participants also identified various barriers to intervention implementation, including business considerations, quality concerns, design issues, supply problems, jobsite conditions and management practices that can slow or limit intervention diffusion. To be successful, future diffusion efforts must not only raise awareness of available solutions but also address these practical concerns.

MeSH terms

  • Ergonomics
  • Facility Design and Construction*
  • Group Processes
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Occupational Health*
  • United States