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Mining Publication: Self-Reported Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Operators of Heavy Construction Equipment

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Original creation date: August 2003

Image of publication Self-Reported Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Operators of Heavy Construction Equipment

The purpose of this study was to assess the adequacy of the cab design and to determine the percentage of musculoskeletal symptoms among workers. A questionnaire was designed to assess demographics, work information, job history, and musculoskeletal symptoms in operators of heavy construction equipment. Information concerning equipment included design of the seat/chair, levers, pedals, bothersome vibration, quality of egress from the equipment, proper preventative maintenance and repairs, and age of the equipment. The body regions that were evaluated included the neck, middle/upper back, low-back, shoulder/upper-arm, elbow/forearm, wrist/hand, hip, knee, and ankle/foot. One hundred and eighty nine operators completed the questionnaire. The results indicate that these workers are at risk for developing musculoskeletal disorders, the need to perform a larger survey to further substantiate the outcome, and the need to quantify risk factors (i.e., whole-body vibration and static sitting postures).

Authors: NK Kittusamy

Conference Paper - August 2003

NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20024098

Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association and 7th Joint Conference of Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society (Seoul, Korea, Aug. 24-29, 2003). Seoul, Korea: Ergonomics Society of Korea, 2003 Aug; :3 pp