Volume 7, Issue 4, July 2019, Page: 61-73
Ergonomically Redesigning Paint Spatula Scraper to Reduce Risks Associated to Work-Related Disorders: A Case of Calumpit, Bulacan
Jeremy Laurence Mendoza Bañez, College of Engineering, Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Philippines
Jhonnel Ignacio Dela Cruz, College of Engineering, Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Philippines
Rosechel Joy Stacy San Juan, College of Engineering, Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Philippines
Neil Patrick Mendoza Torres, College of Engineering, Bulacan State University, City of Malolos, Philippines
Received: Jun. 28, 2019;       Accepted: Aug. 6, 2019;       Published: Nov. 5, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20190704.12      View  14      Downloads  9
Abstract
With the increase of human population, the demand for infrastructures, estates and housing also increase. For that reason, construction firms become in-demand and its labor force will tend to rise up. Among those are painters who are in-charge in finishing of the structures to make them more aesthetically pleasing. Since their role in construction is significant, they must be given special attention to provide them comfort at work. To provide such comfort, the researcher chose one of their commonly used tools aside from paint brushes and paint rollers, the Paint Spatula Scraper (PSS). The researcher assessed paint spatula scraper by the discomfort it brings to painters in a construction of an apartment in Calumpit, Bulacan using Body Discomfort Chart and Strain Index Chart. The results showed high risks pertaining to the discomfort that was being experienced by the workers that may lead to work-related disorders like Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) and Cumulative Trauma Disorders (CTDs) if the activity will be done repetitively. To resolve the issue, the researcher proposed an ergonomically redesigned paint spatula scraper that may reduce the stated risks associated when using the present type of scraper used by painters. This study will provide an insight for different construction firms and other related firms that use paint spatula scraper or similar tool to it regarding the risks these tools might pose if not properly designed or not properly evaluated when used in the long run.
Keywords
Body Discomfort Chart, Construction Firms, Paint Spatula Scraper, Strain Index Chart, Work-Related Disorders
To cite this article
Jeremy Laurence Mendoza Bañez, Jhonnel Ignacio Dela Cruz, Rosechel Joy Stacy San Juan, Neil Patrick Mendoza Torres, Ergonomically Redesigning Paint Spatula Scraper to Reduce Risks Associated to Work-Related Disorders: A Case of Calumpit, Bulacan, International Journal of Science, Technology and Society. Vol. 7, No. 4, 2019, pp. 61-73. doi: 10.11648/j.ijsts.20190704.12
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