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Document ID (ISN)108391
CIS number 08-966
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Raanaas R.K., Anderson D.
Title A questionnaire survey of Norwegian taxi drivers' musculoskeletal health, and work-related risk factors
Bibliographic information Mar.-Apr. 2008, Vol.38, No.3-4, p.280-290. 38 ref.
Abstract A questionnaire survey was carried out among a sample of taxi drivers in Norway to determine the prevalence of musculoskeletal pain and to identify the related occupational risk factors One-year musculoskeletal pain prevalence (MSP) was assessed with the Nordic Questionnaire, and work-related factors with a questionnaire designed for the purpose. Responses were obtained from 929 drivers. Results show that taxi drivers have an elevated risk of musculoskeletal problems compared to a Norwegian reference population. When workload and lifestyle factors were taken into account, risk factors for MSP were identified as driving hours per shift and per week, sleeping in the car during rest breaks, experience of violence, body mass index, unhealthy eating habits, lack of physical exercise and being employed as opposed to being self-employed. Women and non-western immigrants were also at higher risk.
Descriptors (primary) Norway; musculoskeletal diseases; risk factors; taxis; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; physical fitness; work posture; psychology and sociology; hours of work; violence; work-rest schedules; questionnaire survey; migrant workers; sex-linked differences; workbreaks
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceNorway
Subject(s) Transport and communications
Occupational pathology
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Road transportation
Violence and terrorism