Volume 1, Issue 1 (6-2015)                   J Health Res Commun 2015, 1(1): 42-48 | Back to browse issues page

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Ranjbar F, Etmadinezhad S. Ergonomic Evaluation in Rice Mills Workers in Sari in 2014. J Health Res Commun. 2015; 1 (1) :42-48
URL: http://jhc.mazums.ac.ir/article-1-40-en.html
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Introduction:The work-related musculoskeletal disorders are the most prevalent work related diseases and injuries and the leading cause of disability of the workers. The lumbar and cervical regions and the upper extremities are the most affected regions. They may be produced according to the long time exposure to the causative agents or due to acute trauma to the musculoskeletal system, however, they are usually multifactorial. In this study, all of the rice mills workers in Sari were evaluatedfor musculoskeletal disorders and posture analysis. In this descriptive study, all of the rice mills workers in Sari (32 persons) were evaluated. Nordic questionnaire was used for evaluation of musculoskeletal disorders and the OWAS method for posture analysis. The data were analyzed using OWAS software and 17versions of spss. Results:The mean of workers age was 42.82±9.42 and the mean of work experience was 12.68±5.39 years. The results of Nordic questionnaire showed that 74% of the workers have experienced the musculoskeletal disorders in at least one region of the nine regions of their body. The most complaints were in low back (50%), knees(40%) and ankle and foots(28%).85 postures were recognized,32posture were in level 1,16 postures were in level 2,26 postures were in level 3 and 11 postures were in level 4 of modification. ConclusionThe rate of musculoskeletal disorders and the inappropriate postures are very high in rice mills workers of Sari. The interventional ergonomic programs including the engineering controls and workers education are recommended
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