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Document ID (ISN)74584
CIS number 00-564
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Liu W.C.V., Sanchez-Monroy D., Parga G.
Title Anthropometry of female maquiladora workers
Bibliographic information June 1999, Vol.24, No.3, p.273-280. 16 ref.
Abstract This paper presents 12 body dimensions of female workers of the maquiladora industry along the Mexico-US border. These data are compared with anthropometric characteristics of Mexican-American females and females in Colombia, Japan, Korea and the US. Anthropometric characteristics of female maquiladora workers were found to be significantly different from those of the Mexican-American females. On the average, the maquiladora females were 47mm shorter in stature than Mexican-American females. The maquiladora females also had smaller biacromial breadth, by 18mm, and wider bitrochanter breadth, by 25mm, than the Mexican-American females. The results also show that maquiladora females and Japanese females shared similar anthropometric characteristics. This paper provides a preliminary data set for the anthropometric characteristics of the maquiladora females.
Descriptors (primary) Mexico; migrant workers; women; anthropometry
Descriptors (secondary) race-linked differences; workplace design; musculoskeletal diseases; design of equipment; textile, garment and related trades workers; assemblers; electronics industry
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceMexico; USA
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Ergonomics
Electronics industry