Shoulder Pain Among Flight Baggage Handlers

A study of flight baggage handlers, published in the Annals of Work Exposures
and Health, aimed at examining the extent to which shoulder pain developed
during single work shifts, and whether a possible development was associated
with biomechanical exposures and psychosocial factors during the same shift.

‘Daily pain' was observed in approximately one third of all shifts. It was
significantly associated with the number of ‘aircrafts handled' for both the
right and left shoulder. In multivariate models including both biomechanical
exposures and the psychosocial factors ‘influence' at work and ‘support' from
colleagues, ‘aircrafts handled' was still significantly associated with ‘daily
pain' in both shoulders, and so was ‘influence' and ‘support', however in
opposite directions.

‘Daily pain' was, in general, associated with biomechanical exposures during
the same shift and with general ‘influence' and ‘support' in the job. In an
effort to reduce pain among flight baggage handlers, it may therefore be
justified to consider a reduction of biomechanical exposures during handling of
aircrafts, combined with due attention to psychosocial factors at work.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: Annals of Work Exposures and Health