Construction glass and glazing job description: a qualitative case study

Zahra Jabbarani Torghabeh, Terry L. Stentz, Kelli Herstein

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Construction workers regularly experience heavy workloads and various physical stressors that can result in work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs). According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction glass and glazing (CGG) workers had a higher rate of injuries and illnesses than the national average for all occupations. In 2010, CGG contractors presented the highest rate of back injuries reported by the Center for Construction Research and Training. This study aimed to develop a detailed job description that includes the CGG definition, tasks, activities and work conditions. A qualitative case study was conducted, and data were collected through CGG workers’ interviews and observations. This information is not currently available in government publications, published research or job training materials for CGG workers and contractors. The results of this study can help facilitate the ergonomics analysis in future studies to eliminate or reduce the risk of WRMSDs in CGG work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1261-1270
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021


  • case study
  • construction
  • glass and glazing work
  • job description
  • qualitative study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Safety Research
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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