Risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders among oil palm fruit harvesters during early harvesting stage

Yee Guan Ng, Shamsul Bahri Mohd Tamrin, Irwan Syah Mohd Yusoff, Zailina Hashim, Baba Md Deros, Shahriman Abu Bakar, Vivien How

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Abstract

This cross-sectional study intends to investigate the associations of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among foreign labourers on a socio-economic background, occupational exposure, social lifestyle, and postures adopted during harvesting tasks. A total of 446 male respondents (263 FFB cutters; 183 FFB collectors) were studied using an interview-assisted questionnaire. OWAS was used to determine the severity of awkward posture based on videos of harvesting tasks recorded for each respondent. Analysis found that increasingly educated respondents had higher risk of developing MSDs. Shorter daily work duration and longer resting duration appear to increase the risk of neck and shoulder disorders among harvesters, which may be attributable to organizational work design. Awkward posture was a particularly significant risk factor of MSDs among FFB collectors. Among the results of the study, occupational exposure, postures and certain socio-demographic backgrounds explained some, but not all, the risk factor of MSDs among harvesters. An in-depth investigation, preferably a longitudinal study investigating the dynamic of work activities and other risk factors, such as psychosocial risk factors, are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)286-292
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Keywords

  • Ergonomics
  • Harvesters
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Oil palm
  • Risk factors

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  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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Risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders among oil palm fruit harvesters during early harvesting stage. / Ng, Yee Guan; Tamrin, Shamsul Bahri Mohd; Yusoff, Irwan Syah Mohd; Hashim, Zailina; Md Deros, Baba; Bakar, Shahriman Abu; How, Vivien.

In: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 22, No. 2, 2015, p. 286-292.

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Ng, Yee Guan ; Tamrin, Shamsul Bahri Mohd ; Yusoff, Irwan Syah Mohd ; Hashim, Zailina ; Md Deros, Baba ; Bakar, Shahriman Abu ; How, Vivien. / Risk factors of musculoskeletal disorders among oil palm fruit harvesters during early harvesting stage. In: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine. 2015 ; Vol. 22, No. 2. pp. 286-292.
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