Textile Workers and Musculoskeletal Disorders: An Anthropo- Medical Analysis
Keywords:Musculoskeletal disorders, Textile Workers, Occupational health, Industrial Health
Background: Musculoskeletal disorders are quite common work associated health problem amongst
textile workers. Work-related musculoskeletaldisorders are conditions in which: The work environment and
performance of work contribute significantly to the condition; and/or the condition is made worse or persists
longer due to working conditions, textile workers may be denied of their fundamental basic rightsand not much
importance is given to their health. Textileworkers are among the maximumsusceptible as they must have to
work for lengthy hoursor duration in perilous posture.
Objectives: Present paper aims to study the anthropo-medical profile of textile workers especially in the
context of musculoskeletal disorders among the textile workers.
Methodology: A cross-sectional study was conducted among 215 workers working in textile industries
especially silk sarees (Banarsi saress) of district Bhadohi, Uttar Pradesh over a period of more than three
months. Data collection was done after taking the ethical clearance using a semi-structured interview
schedule and statistical analysis was done using SPSS.
Results: The result of this study shows that there were 48.5 percent of respondents found to be suffering
from musculoskeletal disorders. The most common affected site was low back and shoulder. Most of the
workers experienced that their pain occurred occasionally during heavy workload.
Conclusion: Hence, the musculoskeletal disorders were found to be associated in age group, sex and
educational status. So, Health problems among textile workers are one of the areas of public health concern
in the country. Reducing the work strain and providing a supportive workplace environment will have a
favorable impact on work productivity.
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