Mining Publication: Self-Reported Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Operators of Heavy Construction Equipment
Original creation date: August 2003
The purpose of this study was to assess the adequacy of the cab design and to determine the percentage of musculoskeletal symptoms among workers. A questionnaire was designed to assess demographics, work information, job history, and musculoskeletal symptoms in operators of heavy construction equipment. Information concerning equipment included design of the seat/chair, levers, pedals, bothersome vibration, quality of egress from the equipment, proper preventative maintenance and repairs, and age of the equipment. The body regions that were evaluated included the neck, middle/upper back, low-back, shoulder/upper-arm, elbow/forearm, wrist/hand, hip, knee, and ankle/foot. One hundred and eighty nine operators completed the questionnaire. The results indicate that these workers are at risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders, the need to perform a larger survey to further substantiate the outcome, and the need to quantify risk factors (i.e., whole-body vibration and static sitting postures).
Conference PaperAugust - 2003
NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20024098
Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society (Seoul, Korea, Aug. 24-29, 2003). Seoul, Korea: Ergonomics Society of Korea, 2003 Aug; :3 pp