Self-reported physical exposure and musculoskeletal symptoms of the forearm-hand among automobile assembly-line workers.
The aim was to study the prevalence of physical exposures and symptoms of the forearm-hand in a population with highly repetitive jobs.
Automobile assembly-line workers (ALWs) (n=521) and a control group (CG) from the general population answered a questionnaire.
Consistent differences were found between the groups.
ALWs reported more symptoms from the forearm-hand and higher exposure to repetitive movements, precision movements, and manual handling (¾15 kg) than the CG.
Female ALWs reported more symptoms and higher exposure to known risk factors for work-related forearm-hand disorders than their male colleagues.
In conclusion, automobile assembly-line workers appear to be a high-risk group for work-related symptoms from the forearm-hand.
Also, exposure to physical load should be conscientiously analyzed, since women may perform different tasks than men.
Mots-clés Pascal : Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Traumatisme, Avant bras, Membre supérieur, Exposition professionnelle, Homme, Industrie automobile, Chaîne montage, Charge travail, Sexe, Médecine travail, Suède, Europe, Epidémiologie, Travail répétitif
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Trauma, Forearm, Upper limb, Occupational exposure, Human, Automobile industry, Assembly line, Workload, Sex, Occupational medicine, Sweden, Europe, Epidemiology
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Cote : 95-0540593
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 01/03/1996.