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Saadatfar A, Ranjbarian M, Saremi M, Hashemian A, Yazdian A. Risk Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Linemen of Electric Power Distribution Company of Kermanshah Province Using REBA Method in 2015. JRUMS. 2016; 15 (7) :593-606
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MSc School of Public Health, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences and Health Services, Tehran, Iran
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Risk Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Linemen of Electric Power Distribution Company of Kermanshah Province Using REBA Method in 2015

A. Saadatfar[1], M. Ranjbarian[2], M. Saremi[3], A.H. Hashemian[4], A. Yazdian[5]

Received: 14/09/2015      Sent for Revision: 14/11/2015      Received Revised Manuscript: 10/07/2016     Accepted: 12/07/2016

Background and Objectives: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are one of the most common causes of injuries that mainly appeare in the lower back, neck,and upper limbs. In order to prevent these problems, it is required to evaluate working conditions using the methods of job analysis in ergonomics. This study aimed to determine the musculoskeletal injuries among employed staff in electricity power distribution company of Kermanshah province.

Materials and Methods: This study was carried out in the cross-sectional form on 171 employed staff of the electricity power distribution company in Kermanshah province in 2015. Body map chart was used to determine MSDs. The Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) method was used to determine the risk of MSDs. Data were analyzed using One-way ANOVA and Chi-square test.

Results: The most prevalence of MSDs in different limbs were related to back pain, shoulder,and knee pain with 78 people (54.6%), 67 people (39.2%),and 63 people (36.8%), respectively. The results showed that the highest frequency of linemen belonged to level 2 (medium risk) with 43.9%, level 3 (high risk) with 34.5%, and the level 4 (very high risk) with 20.5%, respectively. A significant relationship was observed between the type of job and REBA risk level (p<0.001).

 Conclusion: The MSDs were high specially in lower back, shoulder, and knee. The highest score of ergonomic risk was related to the subtasks of wiring and aerial cabling. It seems that such jobs require more investigation and also control decisions in the near future.

Key words: Musculoskeletal Disorders, Ergonomics, Lineman, REBA, Kermanshah

Funding: This research was funded by Research Committee of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences.

Conflict of interest: None declared.

Ethical approval: The Ethics Committee of University of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences approved the study.

How to cite this article: Saadatfar A, Ranjbarian M, Saremi M, Hashemian AH, Yazdian A. Risk Assessment of Musculoskeletal Disorders in Linemen of Electric Power Distribution Company of Kermanshah Province Using REBA Method in 2015. J Rafsanjan Univ Med Sci 2016; 15(7): 593-606. [Farsi]

 

[1]- MSc Student of Occupational Health Engineering, Occupational Health Dept., Health Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences,Tehran, Iran.

[2]- MSc in Occupational Health Engineering, Occupational Health Dept., Health Faculty,Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

   (Corresponding Author) Tel: (021) 22432039, Fax: (021) 22432037, E-mail: ranjbaran@hotmail.com

[3]- Associate Prof., Occupational Health Dept., Health Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

[4]- Associate Prof., Research Center for Environmental Determinants of Health (RCEDH), Kermanshah University of Medical Sciences, Kermanshah, Iran

[5]- MSc in Occupational Health Engineering, Occupational Health Dept., Health Faculty, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Environmental Health
Received: 2015/08/29 | Accepted: 2016/07/13 | Published: 2016/10/26

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