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Document ID (ISN)61905
CIS number 94-552
ISSN - Serial title 1775-8785 - Archives des maladies professionnelles
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Abdel Moneim I., Malchaire J., Goret A.
Title Musculoskeletal disorders of the upper limbs in upholstery workers
Original title Problèmes musculo-tendineux associés à la fabrication de sièges de voiture [in French]
Bibliographic information 1993, Vol.54, No.6, p.471-476. Illus. 6 ref.
Abstract An epidemiological study with a clinical examination of the upper limbs was conducted on all workers (96 persons) working at the four most stressful workplaces of an upholstery department in a car assembly plant. The results were compared with those of 56 controls. An ergonomic study was also conducted. It included the analysis of wrist postures, the simultaneous recording of the type of hand grip and the subjective evaluation by the worker of the force exerted. Based on these data, a profile of the risk factors was determined for each work station. The odds ratio for wrist and arm disorders were respectively 7.3 and 13.1 for the upholstery workers by comparison with the controls. Working successively on each of the four work stations appeared to lead to a reduction of the risk of wrist disorders (O.R.=0.17).
Descriptors (primary) carpal-tunnel syndrome; musculoskeletal diseases; tendon diseases; upper extremity disorders; neck disorders; motor vehicle industry; ergonomics
Descriptors (secondary) repetitive work; heavy work; cohort study; physical workload; epidemiologic study; occupation disease relation
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceBelgium; Egypt
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Diseases of the nervous system