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Symptoms of musculoskeletal disorders among apprentice construction workers.

Authors
Merlino-LA; Rosecrance-JC; Anton-D; Cook-TM
Source
Appl Occup Environ Hyg 2003 Jan; 18(1):57-64
NIOSHTIC No.
20029222
Abstract
Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a major cause of work-related disability and lost-time illnesses for many occupational groups. This study determined the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among young construction workers. A symptom and job factors survey was self-administered to 996 construction apprentices. Prevalence was determined by the percent of positive responses to musculoskeletal symptom questions. Odds ratios and 95 percent confidence intervals were the measures of association between prevalent musculoskeletal symptoms and demographic, leisure, and job factors and were determined by logistic regression. The low back was the site most commonly reported for job-related musculoskeletal symptoms (54.4%), which was also the most common reason for seeking care from a physician (16.8%) and missing work (7.3%). Number of years worked in the construction trade was significantly associated with knee (p-trend = 0.0009) and wrist/hand (p-trend < 0.04) MSD symptoms and was suggestive of an association with low back pain (p-trend = 0.05). "Working in the same position for long periods" was the job factor identified as most problematic, with 49.7 percent of all construction apprentices rating it as a moderate/major problem contributing to musculoskeletal symptoms. Musculoskeletal symptoms are a significant problem among young construction workers at the beginning of their careers. Prevention strategies are needed early in the apprentice training program to reduce the potential disability associated with work-related musculoskeletal symptom disorders.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Workers; Construction-workers; Construction; Construction-industry; Injuries; Demographic-characteristics; Age-factors; Age-groups; Back-injuries; Hand-injuries; Knee-injuries; Training; Injury-prevention; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Ergonomics; Disabled-workers; Lost-work-days; Author Keywords: Disability; Occupation; Musculoskeletal; Prevalence
Contact
L.A. Merlino, College of Public Health, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242-5000
CODEN
AOEHE9
Publication Date
20030101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000182; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-CCU-317202
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1047-322X
Priority Area
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders
Source Name
Applied Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
State
IA; MD
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, Iowa City
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