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Document ID (ISN)100752
CIS number 02-1747
ISBN(s) 2-551-21636-2
Year 2002
Convention or series no. Etudes et recherches R-313
Author(s) Giguère D., Marchand D.
Title Low-back pain and musculoskeletal injuries among fire fighters - Identification and analysis of hazardous situations during vehicle access and the handling of tools
Original title Lombalgies et accidents musculosquelettiques chez les pompiers - Identification et analyse des situations à risque lors de l'accès aux véhicules et de la manutention d'outils [in French]
Bibliographic information Institut de recherche en santé et en sécurité du travail du Québec (IRSST), 505 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montreal (Quebec) H3A 3C2, Canada, Sep. 2002. [1 vol. ] Illus. 61 ref. An electronic version of the report in PDF format is also included on a CD-ROM.
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Abstract Due to the nature of their work, fire fighters are vulnerable to musculoskeletal disorders. Statistics show that sprains are among the most frequent lesions. The back is the main location of injury, followed by the feet and the ankles. Body movements, layouts of workplaces and vehicles are among the causes that are mentioned the most often. The purpose of this study was to identify hazardous tasks or situations in relation to fire fighting vehicles, to analyse the tasks and biomechanical constraints and to recommend ergonomic improvements. Various methods of acceding to vehicles were studied at two fire fighting stations. Practices with respect to the handling and use of tools and equipment were studied among 32 experienced fire fighters (28 men and four women) working at nine fire fighting stations. Several recommendations are made in the areas of vehicle access and the handling and storage of tools.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; backache; manual handling; lumbar column; trucks
Descriptors (secondary) equipment layout; work posture; premises; back disorders; body mechanics; fire service organization; job study; ergonomic evaluation; sprains
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceCanada
Subject(s) Commerce, services, offices
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system