IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Identification of solutions to improve the health and safety conditions of floor-covering installers


Installers of flexible floor coverings (carpet, linoleum) are exposed to difficult working conditions: handling of heavy rolls, prolonged kneeling work, possibly confined spaces, cluttered surfaces, use of knee-activated impact tools, adverse thermal conditions, etc. These conditions cause major musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) of the knees, back and upper limbs. In addition, the industry is having trouble recruiting young workers in the context of an aging workforce.

The contributing factors are many and developing effective, acceptable and implementale solutions can be challenging, especially as floor-covering installers are scattered and work within a multitude of very small, or even micro-enterprises.

The purpose of this study, which pools expertise in ergonomics, engineering and design, is to identify tentative solutions or changes with good potential for success and define obstacles and elements likely to facilitate the implementation of solutions.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2013-0035
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2015
  • Monique Lortie (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • Steve Vezeau (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • Sylvie Nadeau (École de technologie supérieure)