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Document ID (ISN)103199
CIS number 04-102
ISSN - Serial title 1080-3548 - International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Shikdar A.A.
Title Identification of ergonomic issues that affect workers in oilrigs in desert environments
Bibliographic information 2004, Vol.10, No.2, p.169-177. Illus. 27 ref.
Abstract The main objective of this research was to assess ergonomic-related problems in oil rigs in a desert environment. The investigation involved the use of a checklist, the physical inspection of the premises and the examination of the workers' medical records. Findings showed that significant health problems could be attributed to ergonomic deficiencies in the environment and work system of the oil rig. Some of the major ergonomic issues identified were hard physical work, back pain, discomfort, hot environments, long shifts and diverse schedules. 94% of the employees perceived the workday as very long, 79% were dissatisfied with the work schedule, while 61% perceived the summer work environment as extremely hot. Ergonomics should be considered in the work system design so as to reduce or eliminate problems in oil rigs in hot climate regions.
Descriptors (primary) Oman; ergonomics; desert climate; petroleum and natural gas industry; conditions of work
Descriptors (secondary) male workers; shift work; physical workload; hot workplaces; questionnaire survey; ergonomic evaluation; thermal environment; work time schedules
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceOman
Subject(s) Mines and quarries
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Natural phenomena