Ergonomic risk assessment of manual handling tools by oil palm collectors and loaders

M. N. Nur Syazwani, Baba Md Deros, Mohd Nizam Ab Rahman, S. Ezrin Hani, N. Norani, M. T. Shamsul Bahri, A. B. Shahriman, Azmin Sham Rambely

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Abstract

Oil palm workers are exposed to ergonomics problems in their routine works. Although many technological advances have been developed, a large number of workers are still using manual handling tools in their daily work. A study was done to identify and solve the problems or issues of material handling effect on oil palm collectors and loaders during their daily work activities. A cross sectional study was done in an oil palm plantation in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia. Twenty five workers were selected randomly to participate in this study. Musculoskeletal symptoms were recorded using Modified Nordic Questionnaires and awkward postures of the workers were assessed using Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA). Result showed that 61% of workers were exposed to high risk level and 39% to very high risk level of working posture problems. In conclusion, majority of oil palm collectors and loaders need to correct their working posture as soon as possible. The manual handling activities need to be improved with respect to correct procedure for health and safety concerns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-60
Number of pages5
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume16
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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Human Engineering
Oils
Posture
Malaysia
Cross-Sectional Studies
Safety
Health

Keywords

  • Manual handling
  • Oil palm collector and loader
  • Oil palm plantation
  • Postural analysis
  • REBA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Ergonomic risk assessment of manual handling tools by oil palm collectors and loaders. / Nur Syazwani, M. N.; Md Deros, Baba; Ab Rahman, Mohd Nizam; Ezrin Hani, S.; Norani, N.; Shamsul Bahri, M. T.; Shahriman, A. B.; Rambely, Azmin Sham.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 16, 2016, p. 56-60.

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Nur Syazwani, MN, Md Deros, B, Ab Rahman, MN, Ezrin Hani, S, Norani, N, Shamsul Bahri, MT, Shahriman, AB & Rambely, AS 2016, 'Ergonomic risk assessment of manual handling tools by oil palm collectors and loaders', Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, vol. 16, pp. 56-60.
Nur Syazwani MN, Md Deros B, Ab Rahman MN, Ezrin Hani S, Norani N, Shamsul Bahri MT et al. Ergonomic risk assessment of manual handling tools by oil palm collectors and loaders. Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2016;16:56-60.
Nur Syazwani, M. N. ; Md Deros, Baba ; Ab Rahman, Mohd Nizam ; Ezrin Hani, S. ; Norani, N. ; Shamsul Bahri, M. T. ; Shahriman, A. B. ; Rambely, Azmin Sham. / Ergonomic risk assessment of manual handling tools by oil palm collectors and loaders. In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine. 2016 ; Vol. 16. pp. 56-60.
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