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Association of individual and work-related risk factors with musculoskeletal symptoms among Iranian sewing machine operators.
Appl Ergon. 2015 Nov; 51:180-8.AE

Abstract

This cross-sectional study evaluated working conditions and the occurrence of self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms among 251 Iranian sewing machine operators. A questionnaire and direct observations of working postures using the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) method were used. A high prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, particularly in the neck/shoulders, back and hands/wrists were found. The mean RULA grand score of 5.7 highlighted a poor sewing workstation design and indicated that most operators (with posture assessed at action level 3) needed an investigation and changes in their working habits soon. Work-related factors (including number of years worked as an operator, prolonged working hours per shift, long duration of sitting work without a break, feeling pressure due to work and working postures) and individual factors (including age, gender, BMI and regular sport/physical activities) were associated with musculoskeletal symptoms in multiple logistic regression models. The findings add to the understanding of working conditions of those jobs involving sewing activities and emphasise the need for ergonomic interventions to reduce musculoskeletal symptoms in the future.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Occupational Health, Faculty of Health, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Electronic address: dianati@tbzmed.ac.ir.Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Electronic address: madeh.kord@yahoo.com.Student Research Committee, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. Electronic address: pyzade@yahoo.com.Islamic Azad University, Bushehr Branch, Bushehr, Iran. Electronic address: karimi_a@live.com.Human Systems Integration Group, Faculty of Engineering & Computing, Coventry University, UK. Electronic address: alex.stedmon@coventry.ac.uk.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

26154216

Citation

Dianat, Iman, et al. "Association of Individual and Work-related Risk Factors With Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Iranian Sewing Machine Operators." Applied Ergonomics, vol. 51, 2015, pp. 180-8.
Dianat I, Kord M, Yahyazade P, et al. Association of individual and work-related risk factors with musculoskeletal symptoms among Iranian sewing machine operators. Appl Ergon. 2015;51:180-8.
Dianat, I., Kord, M., Yahyazade, P., Karimi, M. A., & Stedmon, A. W. (2015). Association of individual and work-related risk factors with musculoskeletal symptoms among Iranian sewing machine operators. Applied Ergonomics, 51, 180-8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apergo.2015.04.017
Dianat I, et al. Association of Individual and Work-related Risk Factors With Musculoskeletal Symptoms Among Iranian Sewing Machine Operators. Appl Ergon. 2015;51:180-8. PubMed PMID: 26154216.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Association of individual and work-related risk factors with musculoskeletal symptoms among Iranian sewing machine operators. AU - Dianat,Iman, AU - Kord,Madeh, AU - Yahyazade,Parvin, AU - Karimi,Mohammad Ali, AU - Stedmon,Alex W, Y1 - 2015/05/28/ PY - 2014/02/05/received PY - 2015/04/09/revised PY - 2015/04/27/accepted PY - 2015/7/9/entrez PY - 2015/7/15/pubmed PY - 2016/4/8/medline KW - MSDs KW - RULA KW - Sewing operation SP - 180 EP - 8 JF - Applied ergonomics JO - Appl Ergon VL - 51 N2 - This cross-sectional study evaluated working conditions and the occurrence of self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms among 251 Iranian sewing machine operators. A questionnaire and direct observations of working postures using the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) method were used. A high prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms, particularly in the neck/shoulders, back and hands/wrists were found. The mean RULA grand score of 5.7 highlighted a poor sewing workstation design and indicated that most operators (with posture assessed at action level 3) needed an investigation and changes in their working habits soon. Work-related factors (including number of years worked as an operator, prolonged working hours per shift, long duration of sitting work without a break, feeling pressure due to work and working postures) and individual factors (including age, gender, BMI and regular sport/physical activities) were associated with musculoskeletal symptoms in multiple logistic regression models. The findings add to the understanding of working conditions of those jobs involving sewing activities and emphasise the need for ergonomic interventions to reduce musculoskeletal symptoms in the future. SN - 1872-9126 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/26154216/Association_of_individual_and_work_related_risk_factors_with_musculoskeletal_symptoms_among_Iranian_sewing_machine_operators_ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -