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Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Agricultural Workers

Title
Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders among Agricultural Workers
Author
이수진
Keywords
Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders; Ergonomic Risk Factor; Agricultural Workers
Issue Date
2011-08
Publisher
대한인간공학회
Citation
대한인간공학회지, 2011, 30(4), P.525-534
Abstract
This paper describes the current status of musculoskeletal disorders(MSDs) and its ergonomic risk factors, including the preventive intervention in terms of the working conditions and health promotion among agricultural workers. Korean agricultural workers have been exposed to the poor working condition. They have suffered from a variety of work-related injury and diseases more than the general population or the other occupational group. MSDs are one of the most prevalent problems threatening the agricultural worker's health and quality of life. Low back pain, osteoarthritis of hip and knee joint and carpal tunnel syndrome are well known MSDs that was found easily and frequently among agricultural workers. MSDs are worsened by poor ergonomic working conditions such as heavy weight lifting, repetitive movement and awkward posture which involves squatting with long sitting work on the ground, long working hours and heavy workload which are inherent in the greater part of agricultural works. Even though Korean agricultural workers are very weak population in terms of occupational safety and health, no many studies were conducted in the past and no many social and institutional supports were provided sufficiently. We need more interests and efforts in agricultural fields to improve its working condition and to promote health status of agricultural workers.
URI
http://koreascience.or.kr/article/ArticleFullRecord.jsp?cn=OGGHBK_2011_v30n4_525
ISSN
1229-1684
DOI
10.5143/JESK.2011.30.4.525
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