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Document ID (ISN)63229
CIS number 94-2117
ISSN - Serial title 0002-9262 - American Journal of Epidemiology
Year 1993
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Nuwayhid I.A., Stewart W., Johnson J.V.
Title Work activities and the onset of first-time low back pain among New York City fire fighters
Bibliographic information 1 Mar. 1993, Vol.137, No.5, p.539-548. 32 ref.
Abstract The role of recent work activities in the onset of first-time low back pain among firefighters was studied. After adjusting for known risk factors and off-duty activities, statistically significant high-risk work activities included operating a charged hose inside a building, climbing ladders, breaking windows, cutting structures, looking for hidden fires, and lifting objects of 18kg or over. Low-risk activities included connecting hydrants to pumpers, and participation in drills. When further adjusted for exposure to smoke, the odds ratios associated with high-risk activities were no longer significant. This, however, does not diminish the role of activities in the onset of low back pain. Instead, it suggests an inseparable role for activities and environmental hazards. To examine this, the risk of low back pain was measured within five work zones sequential in time relative to location and distance from a structural fire. The risk gradually increased as the firefighter moved away from the firehouse.
Descriptors (primary) fire fighting; recording of work activities; risk factors; lumbago; backache
Descriptors (secondary) USA; New York; cohort study; smoke; fire services
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Fire and explosions
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Fires
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system