Work-ability: Exploring the interaction between bodily pain and mental health in manual, non-managerial construction workers

Turner, M and Lingard, H 2019, Work-ability: Exploring the interaction between bodily pain and mental health in manual, non-managerial construction workers, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report Work-ability: Exploring the interaction between bodily pain and mental health in manual, non-managerial construction workers
Author(s) Turner, M
Lingard, H
Year of publication 2019
Publisher RMIT
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Building Construction Management and Project Planning
Abstract/Summary This study contributes to our understanding of work ability by exploring the association between musculoskeletal bodily pain and the impact this has on the mental health of construction workers. The findings show that physically damaging work can lead to diminished mental health for workers. By drawing on Ilmarinen et als (2005) model of work ability to position the findings, work demands associated with manual construction work produce pain, injury, and poor mental health which constitute a decrease in the workers resources, thereby leading to a decrease in work ability. Results suggest this effect generally increases with age. Our findings contribute to the literature by establishing a clear relationship between physical pain and mental health which is illustrated in a conceptual model outlining the relationship between work tasks, pain, mental health, and work ability.
Commissioning body Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB)
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