|Document ID (ISN)||108659|
|ISSN - Serial title
||0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
|Convention or series no.
||Landau K., Rademacher H., Meschke H., Winter G., Schaub K., Grasmueck M., Moelbert I., Sommer M., Schulze J.
||Musculoskeletal disorders in assembly jobs in the automotive industry with special reference to age management aspects
||July-Aug. 2008, Vol.38, No.7-8, p.561-576. Illus. 46 ref.
||Production planners in the automotive industry are confronted with the problem of steadily increasing age of workers performing assembly jobs which involve highly repetitive short-cycle operations. A total of 256 work stations on an automobile assembly line were studied. Older workers were found mainly in jobs with favourable expert ratings, while younger workers were mainly found in jobs with unfavourable ratings. Accordingly, age and job strain are not independent variables. Older workers still complain of lumbar spine symptoms despite low demands imposed by their present jobs. This seems to indicate long-term cumulative effects. Neck and shoulder symptoms occur more frequently in older workers working under unfavourable conditions. Other findings are discussed.
||older workers; motor vehicle industry; musculoskeletal diseases; Germany
||repetitive work; symptoms; neck disorders; backache; shoulder; age-linked differences; job study; long-term exposure; ergonomic evaluation; risk factors; cross-sectional study
||D - Periodical articles
|Country / State or Province||Germany|
||Metal production and metalworking
|Broad subject area(s)
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
||Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Motor vehicle manufacturing industry