A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators

R. Nawawi, Baba Md Deros, D. D I Daruis, A. Ramli, R. Md Zein

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Abstract

Prevalence of neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators is well known. It may be due to the nature and incorrect posture used by sewing machine operators while performing sewing work. However, up till now there is no empirical evidence that can be used to relate the risk factors that would results towards the development of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. The main objective of this study is to identify and investigate the risk factors that result in neck and shoulder pain among Malaysian sewing machine operators. Twenty female sewing machine operators took part in answering a survey questionnaire to investigate the prevalence of neck and shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. The survey questionnaire was divided into five sections: socio-demographic, work background, workload information, physical exposures and physical musculoskeletal symptoms experienced by workers. Having done that, sewing machine operators who have been screened with neck and/or shoulder pain was evaluated with Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) to determine the level of workplace risk factors. Subjects without neck and/or shoulder pain were excluded. Results of the study shows that all sewing operators were expose to risk of prolonged sitting, repetitive task and working at high speed. Ninety five percent of sewing machine operators had experienced neck and/or shoulder pain and 80% of them were exposed to high work risk factors that require them to undergo further investigation. Shoulder pain was found to be strongly correlated with high work risk factor among sewing machine operators (p<0.05). In conclusion, occurrence of shoulder pain among sewing operators is due to posture and nature of sewing work.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Mechanics and Materials
Pages167-171
Number of pages5
Volume471
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event4th International Conference on Noise, Vibration and Comfort, NVC 2012 - Kuala Lumpur
Duration: 26 Nov 201228 Nov 2012

Publication series

NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
Volume471
ISSN (Print)16609336
ISSN (Electronic)16627482

Other

Other4th International Conference on Noise, Vibration and Comfort, NVC 2012
CityKuala Lumpur
Period26/11/1228/11/12

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Keywords

  • Neck pain
  • Risk factors
  • Sewing
  • Shoulder pain
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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Nawawi, R., Md Deros, B., Daruis, D. D. I., Ramli, A., & Md Zein, R. (2014). A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. In Applied Mechanics and Materials (Vol. 471, pp. 167-171). (Applied Mechanics and Materials; Vol. 471). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.471.167

A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. / Nawawi, R.; Md Deros, Baba; Daruis, D. D I; Ramli, A.; Md Zein, R.

Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 471 2014. p. 167-171 (Applied Mechanics and Materials; Vol. 471).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Nawawi, R, Md Deros, B, Daruis, DDI, Ramli, A & Md Zein, R 2014, A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. in Applied Mechanics and Materials. vol. 471, Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 471, pp. 167-171, 4th International Conference on Noise, Vibration and Comfort, NVC 2012, Kuala Lumpur, 26/11/12. https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.471.167
Nawawi R, Md Deros B, Daruis DDI, Ramli A, Md Zein R. A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. In Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 471. 2014. p. 167-171. (Applied Mechanics and Materials). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.471.167
Nawawi, R. ; Md Deros, Baba ; Daruis, D. D I ; Ramli, A. ; Md Zein, R. / A pilot study on work-related neck-shoulder pain among sewing machine operators. Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 471 2014. pp. 167-171 (Applied Mechanics and Materials).
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