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Postural loading assessment in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company.
Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2013; 19(2):311-9.IJ

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Changes in industries and work practices have coincided with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of MSDs and to assess postural loading in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company.

METHODS

Data were collected from 193 randomly selected workers in 4 units of the company. The Nordic musculoskeletal disorders questionnaire and the UBC ergonomic checklist were used as data collection tools. Loading on the upper body assessment (LUBA) was used to assess postural loading.

RESULTS

Lower back symptoms were the most prevalent problems among the workers (67.9%). LUBA showed that most assembly workers (94.3%) had experienced considerable and high postural loading (postural load index, PLI > 5). Regression analyses revealed that lighting, rotation, contact stress, repetition, gender and age were factors associated with symptoms.

CONCLUSION

Work-related MSDs occurred at a high rate among workers. Postural loading requires consideration. Any ergonomic intervention should focus on eliminating ergonomic factors associated with symptoms.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Public Health and Institute of Public Health Research, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

23759200

Citation

Kamalinia, Mojtaba, et al. "Postural Loading Assessment in Assembly Workers of an Iranian Telecommunication Manufacturing Company." International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics : JOSE, vol. 19, no. 2, 2013, pp. 311-9.
Kamalinia M, Nasl Saraji G, Kee D, et al. Postural loading assessment in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2013;19(2):311-9.
Kamalinia, M., Nasl Saraji, G., Kee, D., Hosseini, M., & Choobineh, A. (2013). Postural loading assessment in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company. International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics : JOSE, 19(2), 311-9.
Kamalinia M, et al. Postural Loading Assessment in Assembly Workers of an Iranian Telecommunication Manufacturing Company. Int J Occup Saf Ergon. 2013;19(2):311-9. PubMed PMID: 23759200.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Postural loading assessment in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company. AU - Kamalinia,Mojtaba, AU - Nasl Saraji,Gebreal, AU - Kee,Dohyung, AU - Hosseini,Mostafa, AU - Choobineh,Alireza, PY - 2013/6/14/entrez PY - 2013/6/14/pubmed PY - 2013/8/28/medline SP - 311 EP - 9 JF - International journal of occupational safety and ergonomics : JOSE JO - Int J Occup Saf Ergon VL - 19 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Changes in industries and work practices have coincided with work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). This study was conducted to determine the prevalence of MSDs and to assess postural loading in assembly workers of an Iranian telecommunication manufacturing company. METHODS: Data were collected from 193 randomly selected workers in 4 units of the company. The Nordic musculoskeletal disorders questionnaire and the UBC ergonomic checklist were used as data collection tools. Loading on the upper body assessment (LUBA) was used to assess postural loading. RESULTS: Lower back symptoms were the most prevalent problems among the workers (67.9%). LUBA showed that most assembly workers (94.3%) had experienced considerable and high postural loading (postural load index, PLI > 5). Regression analyses revealed that lighting, rotation, contact stress, repetition, gender and age were factors associated with symptoms. CONCLUSION: Work-related MSDs occurred at a high rate among workers. Postural loading requires consideration. Any ergonomic intervention should focus on eliminating ergonomic factors associated with symptoms. SN - 1080-3548 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/23759200/Postural_loading_assessment_in_assembly_workers_of_an_Iranian_telecommunication_manufacturing_company_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10803548.2013.11076988 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -