Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal disorders: a review of risk factors

M J Hoozemans, Allard J. Van Der Beek, M. H. W. Frings-Dresen, F.J.H. Dijk, L H van der Woude

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Abstract

The objective was to review the literature on risk factors for musculoskeletal disorders related to pushing and pulling. The risk factors have been described and evaluated from four perspectives: epidemiology, psychophysics, physiology, and biomechanics. Epidemiological studies have shown, based on cross-sectional data, that pushing and pulling is associated with low back pain. Evidence with respect to complaints of other parts of the musculoskeletal system is lacking. Risk factors have been found to influence the maximum (acceptable) push or pull forces as well as the physiological and mechanical strain on the human body. The risk factors have been divided into: (a) work situation, such as distance, frequency, handle height, and cart weight, (b) actual working method and posture/movement/exerted forces, such as foot distance and velocity, and (c) worker's characteristics, such as body weight. Longitudinal epidemiological studies are needed to relate pushing and pulling to musculoskeletal disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-81
Number of pages25
JournalErgonomics
Volume41
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1998

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Epidemiologic Studies
psychophysics
Musculoskeletal system
Psychophysics
working method
Musculoskeletal System
Epidemiology
Biomechanics
Physiology
physiology
body weight
Low Back Pain
epidemiology
Posture
Human Body
Biomechanical Phenomena
complaint
Longitudinal Studies
pain
Foot

Keywords

  • Arm Injuries
  • Back Injuries
  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Human Engineering
  • Humans
  • Models, Anatomic
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Occupational Diseases
  • Occupational Exposure
  • Physical Exertion
  • Posture
  • Psychophysics
  • Risk Factors
  • Self-Assessment
  • Sex Factors
  • Work
  • Workload
  • Journal Article
  • Review

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Hoozemans, M. J., Van Der Beek, A. J., Frings-Dresen, M. H. W., Dijk, F. J. H., & van der Woude, L. H. (1998). Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal disorders: a review of risk factors. Ergonomics, 41(6), 757-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/001401398186621
Hoozemans, M J ; Van Der Beek, Allard J. ; Frings-Dresen, M. H. W. ; Dijk, F.J.H. ; van der Woude, L H. / Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal disorders : a review of risk factors. In: Ergonomics. 1998 ; Vol. 41, No. 6. pp. 757-81.
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Hoozemans, MJ, Van Der Beek, AJ, Frings-Dresen, MHW, Dijk, FJH & van der Woude, LH 1998, 'Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal disorders: a review of risk factors' Ergonomics, vol. 41, no. 6, pp. 757-81. https://doi.org/10.1080/001401398186621

Pushing and pulling in relation to musculoskeletal disorders : a review of risk factors. / Hoozemans, M J; Van Der Beek, Allard J.; Frings-Dresen, M. H. W.; Dijk, F.J.H.; van der Woude, L H.

In: Ergonomics, Vol. 41, No. 6, 06.1998, p. 757-81.

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