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Document ID (ISN)112225
CIS number 11-0811
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2011
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Öztürk N., Esin M.N.
Title Investigation of musculoskeletal symptoms and ergonomic risk factors among female sewing machine operators in Turkey
Bibliographic information 2011, Vol.41, p.585-591. 38 ref.
Abstract This cross-sectional study aimed to identify the prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms and ergonomic risks in female sewing machine operators at a textile company. The study sample comprised all 283 female sewing machine operators employed in the company. Data were collected through the use of the adapted Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire and by direct observations via the rapid upper limb assessment (RULA) to determine ergonomic risks. RULA is a validated tool for assessment of ergonomic risks. The mean age of the women was 30.2 and the mean number of years of employment was 13.4. The highest prevalence rates for musculoskeletal symptoms were in the trunk (62.5%), neck (50.5%) and shoulder (50.2%); 65% of the women had experienced musculoskeletal pain or discomfort over the previous six months. Pain intensity of these symptoms assessed with a visual analogue scale was found to be 3.5. Results of the RULA scores were found to be high (average of 6.9, with all scores >5). Implications of these findings are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) sewing machines; musculoskeletal diseases; ergonomics; women; textile industry; risk factors; frequency rates
Descriptors (secondary) Turkey; subjective assessment; questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Textile and clothing industries
Occupational pathology
Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Textile industry