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Upper body musculoskeletal symptoms of Latino poultry processing workers and a comparison group of Latino manual workers.

Authors
Schulz-MR; Grzywacz-JG; Chen-H; Mora-DC; Arcury-TA; Marín-AJ; Mirabelli-MC; Quandt-SA
Source
Am J Ind Med 2013 Feb; 56(2):197-205
NIOSHTIC No.
20042835
Abstract
BACKGROUND: Upper body musculoskeletal injuries are often attributed to rapid work pace and repetitive motions. These job features are common in poultry processing, an industry that relies on Latino immigrants. Few studies document the symptom burden of immigrant Latinos employed in poultry processing or other manual jobs. METHODS: Latino poultry processing workers (n?=?403) and a comparison population of 339 Latino manual workers reported symptoms for six upper body sites during interviews. We tabulated symptoms and explored factors associated with symptom counts. RESULTS: Back symptoms and wrist/hand symptoms lasting more than 1-day were reported by over 35% of workers. Poultry processing workers reported more symptoms than comparison workers, especially wrist and elbow symptoms. The number of sites at which workers reported symptoms was elevated for overtime workers and workers who spoke an indigenous language during childhood. CONCLUSION: Workplace conditions facing poultry processing and indigenous language speaking workers deserve further exploration.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Sociological-factors; Animals; Poultry-workers; Poultry-industry; Workers; Work-environment; Humans; Men; Women; Statistical-analysis; Age-groups; Food-processing-workers; Food-processing-industry; Food-processing; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Repetitive-work; Hand-injuries; Author Keywords: immigrant workers; organization of work; minority health; health disparities
Contact
Prof. Mark R. Schulz, PhD, Department of Public Health Education, University of North Carolina Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20130201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
mrschulz@uncg.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-009251; B20130718
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Manufacturing
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
NC
Performing Organization
Wake Forest University Health Sciences - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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