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

Maxwell Fordjour Antwi-Afari, Heng Li, Alan Hoi Shou Chan, Joon Oh Seo, Shahnawaz Anwer, Hao Yang Mi, Zezhou Wu, Arnold Yu Lok Wong

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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.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Feb 2023


  • Construction workers
  • Literature review
  • Science mapping
  • Scientometric analysis
  • Work-related musculoskeletal disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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