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Musculoskeletal disorders among construction apprentices in Hungary.

Authors
Rosecrance-J; Pórszász-J; Cook-T; Fekecs-E; Karácsony-T; Merlino-L; Anton-D
Source
Cent Eur J Public Health 2001 Oct-Dec; 9(4):183-187
NIOSHTIC No.
20041046
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of occupationally related musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) symptoms and carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) among construction apprentices in Hungary. Symptoms of occupational MSDs and the job factors contributing to the symptoms were determined through an administered symptom and job factors survey. The prevalence of CTS was based on a case definition that included hand symptoms and nerve conduction studies of the median nerve across the carpal tunnel. The participation rate was 96 % among the 201 eligible construction apprentices. More than 50 % of the apprentices reported occupationally related musculoskeletal symptoms in the previous 12 months. Job tasks that required awkward postures and working in a static position were the two factors that contributed most to MSD symptoms. No cases of CTS were found in this sample of apprentices. Although disorders of the musculoskeletal system are more prevalent among experienced construction workers, this study indicated that symptoms of MSDs are present among young construction workers. Assessing the magnitude and nature of occupational related MSDs is the first step in promoting a healthier, safer, and more efficient workforce.
Keywords
Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Hand-injuries; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Age-factors; Age-groups; Job-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-operations; Work-practices; Health-surveys; Nerve-function; Neuromotor-activity; Repetitive-work; Author Keywords: musculoskeletal disorders; carpal tunnel syndrome; construction workers; occupational health; Hungary; surveillance; apprentice
Contact
J. Rosecrance, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, IA, USA
CODEN
CEJHEK
Publication Date
20011001
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
1910134
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Construction
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U02-CCU-312014
Issue of Publication
4
ISSN
1210-7778
Source Name
Central European Journal of Public Health
State
DC; IA
Performing Organization
Center to Protect Workers' Rights
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