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Document ID (ISN)100027
CIS number 02-1469
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2001
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Fredriksson K., Bildt C., Hńgg G., Kilbom ┼.
Title The impact on musculoskeletal disorders of changing physical and psychological work environment conditions in the automobile industry
Bibliographic information July 2001, Vol.28, No.1, p.31-45. Illus. 70 ref.
Abstract A reorganization of work was performed in the car-body-sealing department at an automobile assembly plant in Sweden. The aim of the present investigation was to study the influence of these changes in working conditions on musculoskeletal disorders. Strenuous postures and movements were assessed by questionnaires, direct measurement recordings and by computer-assisted observations. Psychosocial conditions were assessed by questionnaires and group discussions. The musculoskeletal disorders of the workers were studied by reports from the occupational health care centre and by self-reported musculoskeletal symptoms. A decrease in the time spent in strenuous positions was found, but the work cycle time decreased considerably and the workers felt "robotized". There was a marked decrease in the perception of opportunities to influence the work, as well as the stimulation at work. The amount of musculoskeletal disorders increased, possibly due to an increase in perceived physical exertion and a decrease in occupational pride.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; psychology and sociology; motor vehicle industry; conditions of work; psychology of work organization
Descriptors (secondary) work organization; comparative study; questionnaire survey; work posture
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system