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Self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms among operators of heavy construction equipment.

Authors
Kittusamy-NK
Source
Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and The 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society. Seoul, Korea: Ergonomics Society of Korea, 2003 Aug; :1
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NIOSHTIC No.
20024098
Abstract
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).
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction; Injuries; Risk-factors; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery
Publication Date
20030824
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
SRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and The 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society
State
WA
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