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Assessment of physical risk factors for the shoulder using the Posture, Activity, Tools, and Handling (PATH) method in small-scale commercial crab pot fishing.

Authors
Kucera-KL; Lipscomb-HJ
Source
J Agromed 2010 Oct; 15(4):394-404
NIOSHTIC No.
20037779
Abstract
An observational work-sampling technique--Posture, Activity, Tools, and Handling (PATH)--was used to describe the prevalence of awkward postures and other physical risk factors for shoulder symptoms among a purposive sample of 11 small-scale commercial crab pot fishing crews. Fishing activities with awkward shoulder postures included hooking the buoy, feeding the rope into the hydraulic puller, and handling the crab pots. Increasing the size of the crew decreased the frequency of awkward shoulder postures for the captain but not for the mate. Awkward shoulder postures varied by technique, task distribution, equipment, and boat characteristics and setup, indicating these factors may be important determinants of exposure. Care should be taken in assuming personal techniques drives ergonomic exposure variability among these small-scale commercial fishermen.
Keywords
Posture; Physical-capacity; Risk-factors; Occupational-hazards; Fishing-industry; Ergonomics; Injuries; Muscle-stress; Physical-stress; Physiological-stress; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Musculoskeletal-system; Extremities; Author Keywords: Ergonomic assessment; Exposure variability; PATH; Physical stress; Upper extremity; Work-related musculoskeletal disorder
Contact
Kristen L. Kucera, PhD, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 2200 W Main St, Suite 400, Durham, NC 27705, USA
Publication Date
20101001
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
kristen.kucera@duke.edu
Funding Amount
249991
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2011
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-004073; Grant-Number-R01-OH-008249
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1059-924X
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
SIC Code
NAICS-1141
Source Name
Journal of Agromedicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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