College

College of Architecture and Environmental Design

Department

Construction Management Department

Degree Name

BS in Construction Management

Date

5-2018

Advisor(s)

Philip Barlow

Abstract/Summary

Safety is the most important aspect of the construction industry. Due to daily strenuous physical activities that occur on a construction jobsite, having your body warmed up, pain-free and ready to perform labor intensive tasks is critical. This case study will examine the correlation between the past and present daily stretching format at the construction jobsite with CDM Smith and Insurance Company. For continuity, it will include an interview with the same CDM Smith Region H&S Manager as well as similar surveys to find out the construction workers thoughts and reactions to stretching prior to work. Although IO to 20 minutes of labor is taken away from actual work and is dedicated to implementing stretching programs, when properly performed, the benefits outweigh the costs. Some of the obvious benefits from properly stretching have not changed, for example; increased flexibility, reduced stress, increased circulation, enhanced coordination, and an increase in energy. What has changed is the realization that there are many unforeseen benefits like; less lost man-hours, fewer workers compensation claims, and decreased OSHA incidents. A summary of the old and new stretching with CDM Smith in the construction industry and opinions from construction workers are included.

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