Impact of musculoskeletal and medical conditions on disability retirement - a longitudinal study among construction roofers.
Welch-LS; Haile-E; Boden-LI; Hunting-KL
Am J Ind Med 2010 Jun; 53(6):552-560
BACKGROUND: To assess the intersection of work demands, chronic medical and musculoskeletal conditions, aging, and disability, we initiated a longitudinal study of 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; the Work Limitations Questionnaire, the SF-12, and other validated assessments of social and economic impact of injury were included. RESULTS: Factors at baseline that predicted leaving for a health-related reason were older age, lower physical functioning, work limitations, and having missed work. Those who left roofing for a health-related reason were much more likely to have a lower economic score at the 1 year interview. CONCLUSIONS: Medical and musculoskeletal conditions are strongly associated with work limitation, missed work, and reduced physical functioning; these factors are also associated with premature departure from the workforce.
Construction; Construction-workers; Roofers; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Worker-health; Questionnaires; Health-surveys; Disabled-workers; Lost-work-days; Physical-capacity; Work-capacity; Age-factors;
Author Keywords: injury; job accommodation; low back pain; occupation; work ability; work
Laura S.Welch, CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite1000, Silver Spring, MD 20910
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Center to Protect Workers' Rights