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Musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers: a one-year follow-up study.
BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Oct 13; 13:196.BM

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are an important cause of functional impairments and disability among construction workers. An improved understanding of MSDs in different construction occupations is likely to be of value for selecting preventive measures. This study aimed to survey the prevalence of symptoms of MSDs, the work-relatedness of the symptoms and the problems experienced during work among two construction occupations: bricklayers and supervisors.

METHODS

We randomly selected 750 bricklayers and 750 supervisors resident in the Netherlands in December 2009. This sample was surveyed by means of a baseline questionnaire and a follow-up questionnaire one year later. The participants were asked about complaints of the musculoskeletal system during the last six months, the perceived work-relatedness of the symptoms, the problems that occurred during work and the occupational tasks that were perceived as causes or aggravating factors of the MSD.

RESULTS

Baseline response rate was 37%, follow-up response was 80%. The prevalence of MSDs among 267 bricklayers and 232 supervisors was 67% and 57%, respectively. Complaints of the back, knee and shoulder/upper arm were the most prevalent among both occupations. Irrespective of the body region, most of the bricklayers and supervisors reported that their complaints were work-related. Complaints of the back and elbow were the most often reported among the bricklayers during work, whereas lower arm/wrist and upper leg complaints were the most often reported among the supervisors. In both occupations, a majority of the participants perceived several occupational physical tasks and activities as causes or aggravating factors for their MSD. Recurrent complaints at follow-up were reported by both bricklayers (47% of the complaints) and supervisors (31% of the complaints). Participants in both occupations report that mainly back and knee complaints result in additional problems during work, at the time of follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS

A substantial number of the bricklayers and the supervisors report musculoskeletal disorders, mainly back, knee and shoulder/upper arm complaints. The majority of the bricklayers and half of the supervisors believe that their complaints are work-related. Irrespective of occupation, participants with MSDs report substantial problems during work. Workplace intervention measures aimed at occupational physical tasks and activities seem justified for both occupations.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Academic Medical Center, Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands. j.s.boschman@amc.nlNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23061990

Citation

Boschman, Julitta S., et al. "Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Construction Workers: a One-year Follow-up Study." BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, vol. 13, 2012, p. 196.
Boschman JS, van der Molen HF, Sluiter JK, et al. Musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers: a one-year follow-up study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012;13:196.
Boschman, J. S., van der Molen, H. F., Sluiter, J. K., & Frings-Dresen, M. H. (2012). Musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers: a one-year follow-up study. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 13, 196. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2474-13-196
Boschman JS, et al. Musculoskeletal Disorders Among Construction Workers: a One-year Follow-up Study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2012 Oct 13;13:196. PubMed PMID: 23061990.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Musculoskeletal disorders among construction workers: a one-year follow-up study. AU - Boschman,Julitta S, AU - van der Molen,Henk F, AU - Sluiter,Judith K, AU - Frings-Dresen,Monique Hw, Y1 - 2012/10/13/ PY - 2012/03/27/received PY - 2012/10/10/accepted PY - 2012/10/16/entrez PY - 2012/10/16/pubmed PY - 2013/3/13/medline SP - 196 EP - 196 JF - BMC musculoskeletal disorders JO - BMC Musculoskelet Disord VL - 13 N2 - BACKGROUND: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are an important cause of functional impairments and disability among construction workers. An improved understanding of MSDs in different construction occupations is likely to be of value for selecting preventive measures. This study aimed to survey the prevalence of symptoms of MSDs, the work-relatedness of the symptoms and the problems experienced during work among two construction occupations: bricklayers and supervisors. METHODS: We randomly selected 750 bricklayers and 750 supervisors resident in the Netherlands in December 2009. This sample was surveyed by means of a baseline questionnaire and a follow-up questionnaire one year later. The participants were asked about complaints of the musculoskeletal system during the last six months, the perceived work-relatedness of the symptoms, the problems that occurred during work and the occupational tasks that were perceived as causes or aggravating factors of the MSD. RESULTS: Baseline response rate was 37%, follow-up response was 80%. The prevalence of MSDs among 267 bricklayers and 232 supervisors was 67% and 57%, respectively. Complaints of the back, knee and shoulder/upper arm were the most prevalent among both occupations. Irrespective of the body region, most of the bricklayers and supervisors reported that their complaints were work-related. Complaints of the back and elbow were the most often reported among the bricklayers during work, whereas lower arm/wrist and upper leg complaints were the most often reported among the supervisors. In both occupations, a majority of the participants perceived several occupational physical tasks and activities as causes or aggravating factors for their MSD. Recurrent complaints at follow-up were reported by both bricklayers (47% of the complaints) and supervisors (31% of the complaints). Participants in both occupations report that mainly back and knee complaints result in additional problems during work, at the time of follow-up. CONCLUSIONS: A substantial number of the bricklayers and the supervisors report musculoskeletal disorders, mainly back, knee and shoulder/upper arm complaints. The majority of the bricklayers and half of the supervisors believe that their complaints are work-related. Irrespective of occupation, participants with MSDs report substantial problems during work. Workplace intervention measures aimed at occupational physical tasks and activities seem justified for both occupations. SN - 1471-2474 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23061990/Musculoskeletal_disorders_among_construction_workers:_a_one_year_follow_up_study_ L2 - https://bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1471-2474-13-196 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -