Musculoskeletal discomfort and its associated risk factors among train drivers

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This study was conducted to determine the prevalence and associated risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders among train drivers in Kuala Lumpur. In this cross-sectional study, 44 train drivers were interviewed using a self-administered questionnaire consists of socio-demographic information and occupational exposure; and a modified Nordic Standardised Questionnaire for questions related to musculoskeletal discomfort symptoms. Results showed that lower back (18.6%) are the most reported discomfort among train drivers, followed by neck (16.7%), knee (13.7%), and upper back (13.7%). Statistical analysis using Chi-square showed there is a significant association between discomfort in the neck with age (p < 0.05), length of service (p < 0.05), and the perception of driver's seat comfort and suitability (P < 0.001). Previous working experience, driving duration, and shift work were associated with shoulder, wrist and thigh discomfort. This study suggested that further investigation and early control measure need to be done to prevent the risk of the musculoskeletal problem among train drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)98-106
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume2018
Issue numberSpecialissue1
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2018

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Keywords

  • Cargo
  • Ergonomics
  • Freight
  • Locomotive
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Occupational hazards
  • Prevalence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Musculoskeletal discomfort and its associated risk factors among train drivers. / Mad Isa @ Yahya, Noor Sazarina; Razali, Muslihah Mohd; Sahani, Mazrura.

In: Malaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine, Vol. 2018, No. Specialissue1, 31.03.2018, p. 98-106.

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