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The relationship between musculoskeletal symptoms, postures and the fit between workers' anthropometrics and their computer workstation configuration.

Authors
Baker-NA; Moehling-K
Source
Work 2013 Sep; 46(1):3-10
NIOSHTIC No.
20044466
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Awkward postures during computer use are assumed to be related to the fit between the worker and the workstation configuration, with greater mismatches leading to higher levels of musculoskeletal symptoms (MSS). The objective of this study was to examine if chronic MSS of the neck/shoulder, back, and wrist/hands was associated with 1) discrepancies between workstation setups and worker anthropometrics and 2) workers' postures. PARTICIPANTS: Secondary analysis on data collected from a randomized controlled cross-over design trial (N=74). METHOD: Subjects' workstation configurations, baseline levels of MSS, working postures, and anthropometrics were measured. Correlations were completed to determine the association between postures and discrepancies between the worker anthropometrics and workstation configuration. Associations were examined between postures, workstation discrepancies and worker MSS. RESULTS: There were only 3 significant associations between worker posture and MSS, and 3 significant associations between discrepancies in worker/workstation set-up and MSS. CONCLUSION: The relationship between chronic MSS and the workers computer workstation configuration is multifactorial. While postures and the fit between the worker and workstation may be associated with MSS, other variables need to be explored to better understand the phenomenon.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Muscle-stress; Anthropometry; Ergonomics; Computers; Workers; Work-areas; Engineering; Etiology; Preventive-medicine; Posture; Author Keywords: Computer workstation; ergonomics; musculoskeletal discomfort; workstation assessment
Contact
Nancy A. Baker, Department of Occupational Therapy, 5012 Forbes Tower, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
CODEN
WORKFK
Publication Date
20130901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nab36@pitt.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2013
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008961
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1051-9815
Source Name
Work
State
PA
Performing Organization
University of Pittsburgh at Pittsburgh
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