December/January 2007/2008 (vol. 04/4)

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Sewn up for MSDs

A prospective study at 13 US garment manufacturing sites involving 520 sewing machine operators confirms that upper body musculoskeletal pain risk is associated with workplace and personal factors. Female gender, having a physician-diagnosed musculoskeletal disorder, working more than 10 years as a sewing machine operator, higher work–rest ratios, high physical exertion, high job demand and low job satisfaction were among factors significantly associated with reported pain.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2007; 64: 806–813.


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