Patterns of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among workers in palm plantation occupation

Leonard Joseph Henry, Ali Jafarzadeh Esfehani, Ayiesah Ramli, Ismarulyusda Ishak, Maria Justine, Vikram Mohan

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Abstract

This study investigated the patterns of ongoing work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMDs) and exposure risk to musculoskeletal injuries for various body regions among palm plantation workers. Standard Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire (SNMQ) was used to assess the prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders symptoms. The Quick Exposure check (QEC) was used to assess the exposure risk of farmers to WRMDs. The common pattern of WRMDs was back pain (40%), followed by shoulder pain (19%). The QEC revealed high exposure risk for neck (56%), followed by back (45.6%). The results from the SNMQ showed that 58% reported pain in 1 region, followed by 2 regions (10.7%) and 3 regions (3.6%). Back pain and shoulder pain were found to be common among workers in palm plantation occupation. Nevertheless, the neck region appeared to have the highest risk of exposure to injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)NP1785-NP1792
JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 4 Mar 2015

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Keywords

  • cross-sectional study
  • exposure risk
  • injury
  • palm plantation workers
  • work-related musculoskeletal disorders

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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Patterns of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among workers in palm plantation occupation. / Henry, Leonard Joseph; Jafarzadeh Esfehani, Ali; Ramli, Ayiesah; Ishak, Ismarulyusda; Justine, Maria; Mohan, Vikram.

In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, Vol. 27, No. 2, 04.03.2015, p. NP1785-NP1792.

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Henry, Leonard Joseph ; Jafarzadeh Esfehani, Ali ; Ramli, Ayiesah ; Ishak, Ismarulyusda ; Justine, Maria ; Mohan, Vikram. / Patterns of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among workers in palm plantation occupation. In: Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health. 2015 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. NP1785-NP1792.
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