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Low back pain in Hispanic residential carpenters.

Authors
Gilkey-DP; Enebo-BA; Keefe-TJ; Vela Acosta-MS; Hautaluoma-JE; Bigelow-PL; Rosecrance-J; Herron-RE
Source
J Chiropr Med 2007 Mar; 6(1):2-14
NIOSHTIC No.
20040376
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Low back pain (LBP) is a leading cause of lost work time and has been recognized as America's number one workplace safety challenge. Low back pain is occurring at epidemic proportions among construction workers, and minority populations have been underinvestigated for risk of back injury. This project investigated the multiple potential risk factors for occupational LBP among Hispanic residential carpenters. METHODS: This investigation evaluated 241 Hispanic residential framing carpenters. Data for this study were collected using a 91-question survey. End points of interest included point, annual, and lifetime prevalence of LBP. RESULTS: Nineteen percent of respondents reported they had an episode of LBP in their lifetime. CONCLUSIONS: Hispanic residential carpenters reported less than expected prevalence of LBP compared with non-Hispanic counterparts in the same trade and location. Job tasks and personal and workplace risk factors, including psychological and morphological characteristics, affect the prevalence of LBP among Hispanic framing carpenters.
Keywords
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Construction; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Biomechanics; Ergonomics; Workplace-studies; Muscle-tension; Musculoskeletal-system; Back-injuries; Human-factors-engineering; Lost-work-days; Racial-factors; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Psychological-factors; Morphology; Author Keywords: Low back pain; Occupational health; Ergonomics
Contact
David P. Gilkey, DC, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director of Undergraduate Education, Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523
Publication Date
20070301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dgilkey@lamar.colostate.edu
Funding Amount
588238
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-814123
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1556-3707
Priority Area
Research Tools and Approaches: Intervention Effectiveness Research
Source Name
Journal of Chiropractic Medicine
State
CO; TX
Performing Organization
Colorado State University, Environmental Health Department, Fort Collins, Colorado
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