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Document ID (ISN)102878
CIS number 03-1936
ISSN - Serial title 1250-3274 - Archives des maladies professionnelles et de médecine du travail
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Henrotin J.B., de Lavareille M.D.
Title Musculoskeletal disease and occupational physicians: Study within an enterprise with the aim of establishing the occupational origin of the condition
Original title Troubles musculo-squelettiques et médecin du travail: une étude en entreprise pour convaincre? [in French]
Bibliographic information Feb. 2003, Vol.64, No.1, p.27-35. Illus. 33 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional survey on musculoskeletal diseases (MSDs) was carried out by means of self-administered questionnaires among 83 randomly-selected workers at plant producing electrical equipment. The prevalence of MSDs over a 12-month period was 48.7% for the shoulders and 52.6% for the hands and wrists. While some MSD symptoms (shoulder, back) were related to stress and psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression, this was not the case for hand-wrist complaints. The study confirmed the importance of the MSD problem within the enterprise. The manufacturer embarked on an information campaign on the issue and implemented ergonomic changes at the some of the workstations. Two years later, the first tangible results were a 50% decrease in sickness absenteeism.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; electrical equipment; risk factors; electrical industry; ergonomic evaluation
Descriptors (secondary) equipment layout; sickness absenteeism; symptoms; anxiety; depressive neurosis; hand; frequency rates; backache; wrist; shoulder; questionnaire survey; cross-sectional study; design of equipment; neck disorders
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Manufacturing of electrical appliances and equipment
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system