A science mapping-based review of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers


Introduction: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are recognized as a leading cause of nonfatal injuries in construction, but no review of existing studies has systematically analyzed and visualized the trends of WMSDs among construction workers. The current science mapping-based review summarized research published between 2000 and 2021 related to WMSDs among construction workers through co-word, co-author, and citation analysis. Method: A total of 63 bibliographic records retrieved from the Scopus database were analyzed. Results: The results identified influential authors with high impacts in this research domain. Moreover, the results indicated that MSDs, ergonomics, and construction not only had the highest occurrence of been studied, but also the highest impact in terms of total link strength. In addition, the most significant contributions to research relating to WMSDs among construction workers have originated primarily from the United States, Hong Kong, and Canada. Furthermore, a follow-up in-depth qualitative discussion was conducted to focus on summarizing mainstream research topics, identifying existing research gaps, and proposing directions for future studies. Conclusions: This review provides an in-depth understanding of related research on WMSDs among construction workers and proposes the emerging trends in this research field.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsr.2023.01.011
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering > Civil Engineering
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Smart and Sustainable Manufacturing
Additional Information: The authors acknowledged the following three funding grants: 1. General Research Fund (GRF) Grant (BRE/PolyU 152047/19E) entitled “In Search of a Suitable Tool for Proactive Physical Fatigue Assessment: An Invasive to Non-invasive Approach”; 2. General Research Fund (GRF) Grant (BRE/PolyU 15210720) entitled “The development and validation of a non-invasive tool to monitor mental and physical stress in construction workers”; and 3. Aston Research and Knowledge Exchange Pump Priming Fund 2021/22 entitled “Digital Twin-Enabled Wearable Sensing Technologies for Improved Workers’ Activity Recognition and Work-Related Risk Assessment” Copyright © 2023, Elsevier. This accepted manuscript version is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Uncontrolled Keywords: construction workers,literature review,science mapping,Scientometric analysis,Work-related musculoskeletal disorders,Literature review,Science mapping,Construction workers,Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality,Building and Construction
Publication ISSN: 0022-4375
Last Modified: 28 Feb 2024 08:30
Date Deposited: 11 Sep 2023 14:29
Full Text Link:
Related URLs: https://www.sci ... 022437523000117 (Publisher URL)
PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2023-06
Published Online Date: 2023-02-03
Accepted Date: 2023-01-25
Authors: Antwi-Afari, Maxwell Fordjour (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-6812-7839)
Li, Heng
Chan, Alan Hoi Shou
Seo, Joonoh
Anwer, Shahnawaz
Mi, Hao-yang
Wu, Zezhou
Wong, Arnold Yu Lok



Version: Accepted Version

Access Restriction: Restricted to Repository staff only until 3 February 2025.

License: Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives

Export / Share Citation


Additional statistics for this record