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Document ID (ISN)103466
CIS number 04-368
ISSN - Serial title 0465-546X - Medicina y seguridad del trabajo
Year 2004
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Delgado Ortega M., García García J.A., Rivas Mateos F., Almorza Daza J.M.
Title Study of backache in a shipyard
Original title Estudio de las lumbalgias en una empresa de construcción naval [in Spanish]
Bibliographic information Sep. 2004, Vol.L, No.196, p.37-49. Illus. 18 ref.
Abstract The objective of this study was to verify the hypothesis according to which there is a relationship between lumbar accidents and musculoskeletal pain in this location, and to formulate recommendations aimed at decreasing the rate of these accidents. The study involved 901 shipyard workers who responded to a questionnaire on their lumbar symptoms. Working conditions for various tasks were also examined and analysed with the help of graphical job profiles and check lists. Analysis shows that for most occupations, the rate of lumbar accidents is proportional to musculoskeletal pain, with high levels for welders and forgers. Among gas cutting operators, the accident/pain relationship was below average; these workers often complain of pain but have lower than average accident rates. Among electricians and pipe fitters, accident rates were high but complaints were lower than average.
Descriptors (primary) work posture; backache; lumbar column; shipyards
Descriptors (secondary) Spain; strain injuries; check lists; job study; mathematical analysis; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSpain
Subject(s) Metal production and metalworking
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Shipbuliding and ship repair
Work posture