Hand and arm symptoms among workers using impact and non-impact hand-held power tools were investigated in a cross-sectional study and a 5-year follow-up study.
The study population consisted of concrete workers (n=103), truck assemblers (n=234), electricians (n=101), platers (n=140) and lumberjacks (n=102).
Of the original 680 subjects, we followed up 312 after 5 years.
A questionnaire concerning ongoing hand and arm symptoms, daily exposure to hand-held power tools, type of tool used, and individual factors was administered.
More workers using low-frequency impact tools than workers using non-impact tools reported symptoms in the elbows and shoulders.
Elbow symptoms were accentuated in the cross-sectional study, while shoulder symptoms were accentuated in the follow-up study.
Wrist symptoms were reported by more of those working with high-frequency impact tools than of those using only non-impact tools when the analyses were controlled for age, years in the occupation and smoking habits.
A possible explanation of the results found in this study is that low-frequency impact vibration is transmitted to the upper arm, and thus the elbow and shoulder are at risk, while high-frequency impact vibration is attenuated in the hand and wrist and may predominantly cause symptoms there.
Mots-clés Pascal : Trouble dû aux vibrations, Appareil vibrant, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Main, Bras, Membre supérieur, Symptomatologie, Epidémiologie, Suède, Europe, Outil, Etude transversale, Etude longitudinale, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Traumatisme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Vibration induced disorder, Vibrating apparatus, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Hand, Arm, Upper limb, Symptomatology, Epidemiology, Sweden, Europe, Tool, Cross sectional study, Follow up study, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Trauma
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0251936
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 11/06/1997.