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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48-51

Common musculoskeletal problem experienced by fishing industry workers


Department of Physiotherapy, Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil University, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Tejashree Ajit Dabholkar
Haware's Green Park, B 2/603, Plot No. 15, Sector 22, Kamothe Navi Mumbai - 410 209
India
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Source of Support: Subharti Medical College, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5278.146888

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Introduction: Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a common health problem throughout the world and a major cause of disability in the workplace. Awkward working posture is a main risk factor for developing WMSDs. Assessment of exposure level to WMSDs risks can be an appropriate base for planning and implementing interventional ergonomics program in the workplace. Fihing in India is a major industry in the coastal states employing over 14 million people. The job demand of fishermen make them vulnerable for various musculoskeletal problems This study was conducted among workers of fishing industry in Mumbai, India with the objective to determine WMSDs prevalence in fishing industry. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 110 randomly selected workers from fishing industry, India, Mumbai, Anonymous questionnaire was used to study prevalence of WMSDs.visual analogue scale used to assess intensity of pain. Results: The results of NMQ revealed that WMSDs occurrence was high. The highest rates of WMSDs prevalence were reported in Low back(92.4%), Shoulder (64.8%) and Knee(31%) and Hand (25%). Conclusion: This study showed that maximum of the fishermen have musculoskeletal problem with the most common joint involved is low back and then followed by shoulder , knee, and hand. Ergonomic risk factor involved were found to be repeated pulling and throwing of the net as well as repeated bending forward action to lift heavy load and transfer that heavy load.






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