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Document ID (ISN)108659
CIS number 08-1067
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Landau K., Rademacher H., Meschke H., Winter G., Schaub K., Grasmueck M., Moelbert I., Sommer M., Schulze J.
Title Musculoskeletal disorders in assembly jobs in the automotive industry with special reference to age management aspects
Bibliographic information July-Aug. 2008, Vol.38, No.7-8, p.561-576. Illus. 46 ref.
Abstract Production planners in the automotive industry are confronted with the problem of steadily increasing age of workers performing assembly jobs which involve highly repetitive short-cycle operations. A total of 256 work stations on an automobile assembly line were studied. Older workers were found mainly in jobs with favourable expert ratings, while younger workers were mainly found in jobs with unfavourable ratings. Accordingly, age and job strain are not independent variables. Older workers still complain of lumbar spine symptoms despite low demands imposed by their present jobs. This seems to indicate long-term cumulative effects. Neck and shoulder symptoms occur more frequently in older workers working under unfavourable conditions. Other findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) older workers; motor vehicle industry; musculoskeletal diseases; Germany
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; symptoms; neck disorders; backache; shoulder; age-linked differences; job study; long-term exposure; ergonomic evaluation; risk factors; cross-sectional study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceGermany
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Older workers