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Document ID (ISN)75258
CIS number 00-1170
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Engstr÷m T., Hanse J.J., Kadefors R.
Title Musculoskeletal symptoms due to technical preconditions in long cycle time work in an automobile assembly plant: A study of prevalence and relation to psychosocial factors and physical exposure
Bibliographic information Oct. 1999, Vol.30, No.5, p.443-453. Illus. 42 ref.
Abstract The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevailing ergonomic conditions in a parallelized flow, long-cycle time assembly system. The evaluation focussed on physical exposure, psychosocial factors and work-related musculoskeletal symptoms. A random sample of 67 assembly operators was included in a cross-sectional study mainly based on questionnaires. Hand/wrist symptoms were common and related to work exposure with hand-held powered tools. In general, the self-reported physical exposure showed only a few significant associations with musculoskeletal symptoms. This may in part be explained by the ergonomic conditions generally being good, with a relatively low duration of "combined" extreme work postures. Significant associations were found between the psychosocial work environment and musculoskeletal symptoms.
Descriptors (primary) physical workload; motor vehicle industry; social climate; musculoskeletal diseases
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; work posture; cross-sectional study; frequency rates; mental stress; sex-linked differences; social aspects; workload assessment
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Ergonomics and work organization
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Motor vehicle manufacturing industry
Psychological factors
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system