Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers: A case study in Malaysia

Baba Md Deros, Dian D I Daruis, Nor Kamaliana Khamis, Darliana Mohamad, Siti Fairus Mat Daud, Siti Maisarah Amdan, Ridzuan Abd Aziz, Nooraini Jamal

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Abstract

Background: The nature of work in the construction industry is closely associated with many human factor hazards. Manual construction workers are exposed to hand-arm vibration, repetitive movements, holding of heavy loads and tools, and frequent manual materials handling hazards in their daily tasks. Work related musculoskeletal disorders are major problems faced by construction workers, which involve the nerves, tendons, muscles and other supporting structures of the body. Two main objectives of this study were firstly, to determine the risk factors and the prevalence and secondly, to identify the association of the risks with muscular musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers.

Methods: Evaluation was done through survey questionnaire which also involved the standardized Nordic questionnaire. Sixty male construction workers aged between 17 to 50 years old took part in the study. Their main daily tasks are bricklaying, skim coating, housekeeping and plastering.

Results: 66.7% of the workers who took part in the study had high prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders symptoms at their elbows, wrists or hands and ankles or feet.

Conclusion: Manual construction workers are highly exposed to the risks of getting work related musculoskeletal disorders and there are significant associations (P = 0.023) between working duration with MSDs symptom among construction workers with respect to the workers lower limb.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-57
Number of pages5
JournalIranian Journal of Public Health
Volume43
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2014

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Malaysia
Hand
Construction Industry
Housekeeping
Elbow
Vibration
Wrist
Ankle
Tendons
Foot
Lower Extremity
Arm
Muscles
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Keywords

  • Manual construction workers
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Risk factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Md Deros, B., Daruis, D. D. I., Khamis, N. K., Mohamad, D., Daud, S. F. M., Amdan, S. M., ... Jamal, N. (2014). Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers: A case study in Malaysia. Iranian Journal of Public Health, 43, 53-57.

Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers : A case study in Malaysia. / Md Deros, Baba; Daruis, Dian D I; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana; Mohamad, Darliana; Daud, Siti Fairus Mat; Amdan, Siti Maisarah; Aziz, Ridzuan Abd; Jamal, Nooraini.

In: Iranian Journal of Public Health, Vol. 43, 05.11.2014, p. 53-57.

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Md Deros, B, Daruis, DDI, Khamis, NK, Mohamad, D, Daud, SFM, Amdan, SM, Aziz, RA & Jamal, N 2014, 'Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers: A case study in Malaysia', Iranian Journal of Public Health, vol. 43, pp. 53-57.
Md Deros, Baba ; Daruis, Dian D I ; Khamis, Nor Kamaliana ; Mohamad, Darliana ; Daud, Siti Fairus Mat ; Amdan, Siti Maisarah ; Aziz, Ridzuan Abd ; Jamal, Nooraini. / Prevalence of work related musculoskeletal disorders symptoms among construction workers : A case study in Malaysia. In: Iranian Journal of Public Health. 2014 ; Vol. 43. pp. 53-57.
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