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BATIZ, Eduardo Concepción; NUNES, Jandira Izabel da Silva  and  LICEA, Olga Elena Anzardo. Prevalence of muscle-skeletal symptoms for load workers. Prod. [online]. 2013, vol.23, n.1, pp.168-177.  Epub May 22, 2012. ISSN 0103-6513.

Handling load is an activity that predisposes the worker to risks due to biomechanical factors, excess of force, inadequate positions and organizational factors. These organizational factors may reflect injuries to workers' health and production when used in an inadequate way. This study was carried out using 3 wholesale businesses, aiming to identify the risk factors that could lead to the prevalence of muscle-skeletal symptoms. An organizational questionnaire, a Nordic questionnaire for musculoskeletal symptoms and a guide for assessment and prevention of risks related to handling load was applied to a select sample of 134 workers. It was possible to notice that the loading, the adopted positions and the pain symptoms (63.4% of the sample), associated to the previous factors, may represent a health risk. The results supported the studies, establishing strong indications between physical load of work and muscle-skeletal symptoms.

Keywords : Muscle-skeletal symptoms; Physical Charge; Ergonomics.

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