Work-related upper limb disorder assessment among construction workers at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Kota Bharu Kelantan / Mohd Faiz Mohd Samsuddin

Mohd Samsuddin, Mohd Faiz (2011) Work-related upper limb disorder assessment among construction workers at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport Kota Bharu Kelantan / Mohd Faiz Mohd Samsuddin. [Student Project] (Unpublished)


Work-related Upper Limb Disorders (WRULDs) are impairments of bodily structures such as tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles caused by work. Airport Runway extension involves the premix, fencing, drainage, meteorology station and helipad that cause ergonomic risk factor at construction such as improper lifting, bending, overreaching, over weight lifting, prolonged standing and awkward posture. These ergonomic risk factors will lead to ULDs symptom such as at neck, shoulder, upper back, lower back, elbow/forearm and hand/wrist problem. This study was performed among construction workers at Sultan Ismail Petra Airport, Purposive random sampling technique has been carried out to choose 52 male workers involving five types of work. Modified Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaires (NMQ) has been used to study the prevalence of ULDs. Rapid Upper Limb Assessment (RULA) method was used for the evaluation of the exposure to risk factors associated with work-related upper limb disorder. Photograph and video recording has been done for quality control purposes as well avoiding informative bias. SPSS version 17.0 was used in this study. Most of the workers get the ULDs symptom at neck 49 (27%), shoulder 46(25%), lower back 41 (22%), hand/wrist 18 (10%), upper back 19 (10%) and elbow/forearm 11 (6%). The highest score of 7 are recorded in premix work (10 workers), followed by drainage work (4 workers), fencing work (3 workers), helipad work (2 workers) and meteorology station work (1 worker). The highest mean of RULA score recorded for premix work (6.67) which categorized in Action level 3 (medium risk) in which required further investigation and changes soon. Results shows a significant association between types of work and RULA score (p<0.05). There is also significant association between risk factor and body part affected (p<0.05). The types of work and risk factor can affect symptoms of ULDs such as neck, lower and upper back region of the body. There is a high RULA score and prevalence symptom of ULDs in construction workers.


Item Type: Student Project
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Mohd Samsuddin, Mohd Faiz
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Mohd Yatim, Siti Rohana
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Labor. Work. Working class > Labor market. Labor supply. Labor demand, Including unemployment, manpower policy, occupational training, employment agencies
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > Risk management. Risk in industry. Operational risk
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RD Surgery > Backache
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Selangor > Puncak Alam Campus > Faculty of Health Sciences
Programme: Bachelor in Environmental Health and Safety
Keywords: Upper Limb Disorders, construction worker, risk factors, RULA, NMQ
Date: May 2011
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