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Document ID (ISN)58700
CIS number 92-1722
ISSN - Serial title Occupational Health Journal
Year 1991
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Miyazaki S., Kumaki T., Suzuki A., Chimata S.
Title Questionnaire survey concerning the health of garbage collection workers
Original title Seisō jigyō jūjisha no kenkō ni kansuru ankēto chōsa [in Japanese]
Bibliographic information May 1991, Vol.14, No.3, p.40-47.
Abstract Garbage collectors working for the Tokyo municipal government were surveyed at random. Interviews were then conducted with the workers who reported suffering from lumbago. Answers to the questionnaire concerning the cause of the lumbago were analysed for significant factors. The lumbago incidence was 20.2% of the total surveyed. Lumbago risk is elevated among these workers as a consequence of their occupation. Interviews showed that 21.4% of the subjects had lumbago at the time of the interview, and 40.6% said they had continuous or occasional pain at the waist within the preceding month. The main factor for lumbago is the garbage container collection method. This fact is cited by many of the afflicted. The nature of lifting accidents fully supports this conclusion. Accidents are likely to occur with containers of unknown or abnormally heavy content. To prevent lumbago, improvement of garbage containers, and of collection and disposal methods must be addressed.
Descriptors (primary) refuse collection; lumbago; backache; Japan
Descriptors (secondary) questionnaire survey
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceJapan
Subject(s) Toxic and dangerous substances
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Waste collection and disposal
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system