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Active Surveillance of Musculoskeletal Disorder Symptoms in the Development of Safety Interventions for Professional Loggers

Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, 80521 CO, USA
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Safety 2019, 5(2), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5020023
Received: 9 March 2019 / Revised: 11 April 2019 / Accepted: 17 April 2019 / Published: 25 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Agricultural Safety and Health)
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Abstract

Logging is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. Logging tasks, whether they consist of operating a chainsaw, operating a mechanized harvester, or driving logging trucks, have an influence on the types of hazards and injuries among professional loggers. Using the Standardized Nordic Questionnaire, we investigated the 12-month period prevalence of musculoskeletal disorder symptoms (MSS) among professional loggers in the mountainous region of Montana. We also differentiated the prevalence of MSS based on logging system-type accounting for demographic and workplace covariates. Based on data from 743 professional loggers in Montana, loggers using conventional felling practices with chainsaws were more than twice as likely to report MSS (Odds Ratio (OR): 2.24 (1.07–4.69)) than those using mechanized logging equipment. In addition, increased MSS scores were associated with conventional harvesting systems, increased years of experience, and increased BMI. The active surveillance of MSS among professional loggers in Montana resulted in recommendations for safety interventions. The safety interventions included a greater mechanization of logging tasks and early career training on the heavy equipment used in logging operations. View Full-Text
Keywords: musculoskeletal symptoms; work-related injuries; logging hazards; Standardized Nordic Questionnaire; Montana musculoskeletal symptoms; work-related injuries; logging hazards; Standardized Nordic Questionnaire; Montana
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Lagerstrom, E.; Magzamen, S.; Brazile, W.; Rosecrance, J. Active Surveillance of Musculoskeletal Disorder Symptoms in the Development of Safety Interventions for Professional Loggers. Safety 2019, 5, 23.

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