Exoskeleton Use: Perspectives and Challenges based on a National Survey of Construction Workers

Northern California Education & Research Center (COEH)

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Instructor

Nancy Gutierrez, MPH Candidate

Nancy (she/her/hers) is a Master of Public Health Candidate in Environmental Health Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her interests include social and environmental determinants of health, workplace justice, and immigrant health. As an aspiring physician, Nancy hopes to use her training as a future MD/MPH to advocate for healthy, dignified, living and workplace conditions among people who are overlooked for being Black and People of Color, immigrants, non-English speakers, or discriminated against in other aspects of their lives.

Northern California Education & Research Center (COEH)

About the webinar:

Construction workers continue to experience high rates of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs), with the back and shoulder being the most impacted body regions. Exoskeletons are wearable devices that support the physical capacity of the wearer and offer a promising and innovative approach to reduce WMSD risks, expand accessibility to construction jobs, and enhance performance. This webinar will explore survey data collected from stakeholders in construction on the perceived benefits, barriers, and facilitators of adoption.

Learning Objectives:

- Describe the risk of WMSDs among construction workers
- Discuss exoskeleton technology and its potential use in construction
- Identify how personal factors, trade, and physical demands are associated with the perceived benefits, barriers, and adoption of exoskeletons in construction

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