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Age, work limitations and physical functioning among construction roofers.
Welch-LS; Haile-E; Boden-LI; Hunting-KL
Work 2008 Nov; 31(4):377-385
BACKGROUND: To investigate the intersection of aging with work limitations, chronic medical and musculoskeletal conditions, and physical functioning we undertook a cross-sectional study of U.S. construction roofers who were current union members between the ages of 40 and 59. METHODS: Participants were asked about the presence of medical conditions and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs); the Work Limitations Questionnaire, the SF-12, and other validated assessments of social and economic impact of injury were included. RESULTS: Sixty-nine percent had at least one of these conditions in the previous two years; 31% missed work. Workers with medical and musculoskeletal conditions were older, had the highest prevalence of work activity limitations, and had the lowest SF-12 scores. CONCLUSIONS: Older age was associated with the presence of a medical condition, and with reduced physical functioning. Medical and musculoskeletal conditions were strongly associated with work limitation, missed work, and reduced physical functioning. Older workers may be at higher risk of disability retirement compared to younger workers with similar medical conditions and work limitations.
Age-factors; Blood-vessels; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Medical-monitoring; Questionnaires; Sociological-factors; Physical-stress; Physiological-effects; Physiological-fatigue; Physiological-function; Physiological-measurements; Physiological-response; Physiological-stress; Physiological-testing; Physiology; Author Keywords: Occupation; construction; roofer; musculoskeletal disorders; injury
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Center to Protect Workers Rights
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