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Document ID (ISN)69683
CIS number 97-1708
ISSN - Serial title 0324-8542 - Bulletin of the Institute of Maritime and Tropical Medicine in Gdynia
Year 1996
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Waśkiewicz J.
Title Reasons for loss of fitness of dockers to perform physically heavy loading operations
Bibliographic information 1996, Vol.XLVII, No.1/4, p.19-24. 18 ref.
Abstract The present evaluation of reasons for dockers' loss of fitness to perform heavy and very heavy loading operations was based on a prospective study comprising a selected population of 508 men, carried out in 1989. A follow-up of their health and ability to perform loading operations continued until 1995. In this period, change of work post caused by health problems was observed in 185 (36.4%) men, 67 (13.2%) people either quit work or were dismissed, 24 (4.7%) subjects were promoted and 80 retired. Twelve dockers died (2.45%); it is noteworthy that no death was associated with the work performed. There were 140 dockers (27.6%) that remained on their posts after 7 years of observation. In the group of 185, the main reasons for medical disqualification from work were diseases of the peripheral nervous and musculoskeletal systems and of the connective tissue (71 men, 38.4%), chronic diseases of the upper respiratory tracts (36 men, 19.4%), circulatory system diseases (24 cases, 13.0%) and post-traumatic states of the musculoskeletal system (16 cases, 8.6%). A proper health qualification is crucial for a long-lasting fitness to work.
Descriptors (primary) Poland; manual handling; physical fitness; dock work
Descriptors (secondary) long-term study
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvincePoland
Subject(s) Materials handling and storage
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Water transportation