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Document ID (ISN)107972
CIS number 08-331
ISSN - Serial title 0339-6517 - Documents pour le médecin du travail
Year 2007
Convention or series no. DMT 111 TF 161
Author(s) Aptel M., Aublet-Cuvelier A., Waldura D.
Title Risk of musculoskeletal disorders among bus drivers: A true problem
Original title Le risque de troubles musculosquelettiques chez les chauffeurs de bus: une réalité [in French]
Bibliographic information 3rd Quarter 2007, No.111, p.335-347. Illus. 20 ref.
Internet access http://www.dmt-prevention.fr/inrs-pub/inrs01.nsf/IntranetObject-accesParReference/TF%20161/$File/TF161.pdf [in French]
Abstract This literature survey evaluated the risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among urban transport bus drivers. It concludes that lumbar column MSDs are caused by a combination of biomechanical risk factors that are both chronic (rotation of the torso, vibrations, etc.) and acute (false moves, carrying of loads), as well as psychosocial factors and the design of their driving cabs. This observation is obvious for low back pain but it is less clear for cervical column pain. Furthermore, the mapping of the risk factors reveals a pattern that is consistent with the hypotheses used to explain MSDs. Given the importance of the situational context for determining the role of each risk factor, it is justified to set up epidemiological surveillance networks in this sector of activity.
Descriptors (primary) musculoskeletal diseases; public transport; buses; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) literature survey; France; epidemiology; work posture; medical supervision; cervical column; lumbar column; backache; risk factors; drivers cabs
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFrance
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Road transportation
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system