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Ergonomic risk factor identification for sewing machine operators through supervised occupational therapy fieldwork in Bangladesh: A case study.
Work. 2015; 50(3):357-62.WORK

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Many sewing machine operators are working with high risk factors for musculoskeletal health in the garments industries in Bangladesh.

OBJECTIVE

To identify the physical risk factors among sewing machine operators in a Bangladeshi garments factory.

PARTICIPANTS

Sewing machine operators (327, 83% female), were evaluated. The mean age of the participants was 25.25 years.

METHODS AND MATERIALS

Six ergonomic risk factors were determined using the Musculoskeletal Disorders risk assessment. Data collection included measurements of sewing machine table and chair heights; this data was combined with information from informal interviews.

RESULTS AND DISCUSSION

Significant ergonomic risk factors found included the combination of awkward postures of the neck and back, repetitive hand and arm movements, poor ergonomic workstations and prolonged working hours without adequate breaks; these risk factors resulted in musculoskeletal complaints, sick leave, and switching jobs.

CONCLUSIONS

One aspect of improving worker health in garment factories includes addressing musculoskeletal risk factors through ergonomic interventions.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Occupational Therapy, Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP), P.O: CRP-Chapain, Savar, Dhaka-1343, Bangladesh. Tel.: +880 2 7745464 5, Ex 232; Cell: +880 1716709253; E-mail: monjurulshagar@yahoo.com.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

25659369

Citation

Habib, Md Monjurul. "Ergonomic Risk Factor Identification for Sewing Machine Operators Through Supervised Occupational Therapy Fieldwork in Bangladesh: a Case Study." Work (Reading, Mass.), vol. 50, no. 3, 2015, pp. 357-62.
Habib MM. Ergonomic risk factor identification for sewing machine operators through supervised occupational therapy fieldwork in Bangladesh: A case study. Work. 2015;50(3):357-62.
Habib, M. M. (2015). Ergonomic risk factor identification for sewing machine operators through supervised occupational therapy fieldwork in Bangladesh: A case study. Work (Reading, Mass.), 50(3), 357-62. https://doi.org/10.3233/WOR-151991
Habib MM. Ergonomic Risk Factor Identification for Sewing Machine Operators Through Supervised Occupational Therapy Fieldwork in Bangladesh: a Case Study. Work. 2015;50(3):357-62. PubMed PMID: 25659369.
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