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Document ID (ISN)108668
CIS number 08-1225
ISSN - Serial title 1351-0711 - Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Year 2007
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Wang P.C., Rempel D.M., Harrison R.J., Chan J., Ritz B.R.
Title Work-organisational and personal factors associated with upper body musculoskeletal disorders among sewing machine operators
Bibliographic information Dec. 2007, Vol.64, No.12, p.806-813. Illus. 37 ref.
Abstract The objective of this cross-sectional study was to assess the relationship between occupational and personal factors and the prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among garment workers in Los Angeles. It involved 520 sewing machine operators from 13 garment industry sewing shops. Detailed information on organizational factors, personal factors and musculoskeletal symptoms were obtained in interviews. Data were analysed using unconditional logistic regression models. The prevalences of moderate or severe musculoskeletal pain in the neck/shoulder region the distal upper extremity were 24% and 16% respectively. Risk factors included an age of less than 30 years, female gender, Hispanic ethnicity, being single, working more than 10 years as a sewing machine operator, working in large shops, higher work-rest ratios, high physical exertion, high physical isometric loads, high job demand and low job satisfaction.
Descriptors (primary) USA; work organization; clothing industry; musculoskeletal diseases; psychology of work organization; sewing machines
Descriptors (secondary) non-occupational factors; upper extremity disorders; job dissatisfaction; physical workload; work posture; length of service; ergonomics; work-rest schedules; hand; cervicobrachial syndrome; shoulder; cross-sectional study; risk factors; age-linked differences; sex-linked differences; statistical evaluation; frequency rates; race-linked differences
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Textile and clothing industries
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Clothing and finished textile products industry
Psychology of work organization
Psychological factors
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system