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Document ID (ISN)104052
CIS number 05-496
ISBN(s) 0-7176-2964-3
Year 2005
Convention or series no. HSE Research Report 316
Author(s) Parkes K.R., Carnell S., Farmer E.
Health and Safety Executive
Title Musculo-skeletal disorders, mental health and the work environment
Bibliographic information HSE Books, P.O. Box 1999, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2WA, United Kingdom, 2005. iv, 59p. Illus. 71 ref. Price: GBP 15.00. Downloadable version free of charge.
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Abstract The purpose of this study was to analyse the prevalence, severity and psychosocial risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among male employees in the oil and gas sector in the United Kingdom. 321 workers of this industry having participated in a previous survey five years earlier responded to the Nordic musculoskeletal questionnaire. Low-back pain showed the highest 12-month prevalence (51%). Psychological distress and physical workload factors were the most significant direct predictors of MSDs, while anxiety and lack of social support were significant factors in predicting changes in the prevalence of MSDs over a five-year period.
Descriptors (primary) United Kingdom; musculoskeletal diseases; petroleum and natural gas industry; conditions of work; risk factors; mental health
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; male workers; report; anxiety; physical workload; severity rates; lumbar column; backache; questionnaire survey; social aspects; frequency rates; psychology of work organization
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Stress, psychosocial factors
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Mental health
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Psychological factors
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system