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Prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal symptoms among US large-herd dairy parlor workers.

Authors
Douphrate-DI; Gimeno-D; Nonnenmann-MW; Hagevoort-R; Rosas-Goulart-C; Rosecrance-JC
Source
Am J Ind Med 2014 Mar; 57(3):370-379
NIOSHTIC No.
20043842
Abstract
Background: Dairy production in the US is moving towards large-herd milking operations resulting in an increase in task specialization and work demands. Methods: A modified version of the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire was administered to assess MSS prevalence among 452 US large-herd parlor workers. Worker demographics and MSS prevalences were assessed, and differences based on parlor configuration (i.e., herringbone, parallel, rotary) were computed. Results: Three-fourths (76.4%) of parlor workers reported work-related MSS in at least one body part. Highest prevalences were reported in the upper extremity (55%). Herringbone workers reported a higher prevalence of MSS in the wrist/hand, and rotary workers reported higher prevalences of MSS in the neck, upper back, and shoulders. Conclusions: Our findings draw attention to higher work-related MSS in the upper extremity among dairy parlor workers. As the trend toward larger herd sizes on US dairy farms continues, the need for further health and safety research will increase.
Keywords
Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Agricultural-products; Animal-products-workers; Dairy-products; Farmers; Animals; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Epidemiology; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Repetitive-work; Health-surveys; Questionnaires; Extremities; Body-regions; Hand-injuries; Injuries; Upper extremities; Demographic characteristics; Author Keywords: agriculture; dairy; ergonomics; injury; musculoskeletal
Contact
David Douphrate, School of Public Health, University of Texas, San Antonio Regional Campus, 7411 John Smith Drive, Suite 1100, San Antonio, TX 78229
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20140301
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
david.i.douphrate@uth.tmc.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement; Agriculture
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U50-OH-008085; M032014
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0271-3586
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
TX; IA; NM; CO
Performing Organization
Colorado State University - Ft. Collins
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