Work strain predictors in construction work

Z. Roja, H. Kalkis (Coresponding Author), I. Roja, J. Zalkalns, B. Sloka

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The aim of this study was to predict the work strain indicators for construction workers and to work out measures for prevention of strain at work. Subjective and objective research methods were utilized in the research, including survey, work intensity measurements (Borg Scale), work strain index, fatigue index and work ability index determination, objective blood pressure and pulse measurements. Statistical analysis with significance calculations was carried out. The limitation of this study is the small number of subjects involved in the research. Subjective evaluation of fatigue index and strain index resulted in moderate and somewhat hard work heaviness categories accordingly to Borg Scale. Measurements of heart rate, blood pressure approved work strain of employees of both professions does not exceed the admissible heart rate limit during physical load. The research proved that the strongest work strain predictors were connected with psycho-social risks rather than with physical ones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2090-2099
Number of pages10
JournalAgronomy Research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Auxiliary workers
  • Blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Heart-rate
  • Road workers
  • Work heaviness

Field of Science*

  • 1.6 Biological sciences
  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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