Title

Level of postural risk in developing work-related musculoskeletal disorders among bus drivers of Erjohn and Almark transit corporation in Silang, Cavite

Date of Completion

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy

Keywords

Musculoskeletal Diseases, Occupational Diseases, Drivers

Abstract

This involves a descriptive cross sectional study using convenience sampling method. There were 17 male bus drivers whose route was from Ayala Alabang to Sta. Cruz, Manila was pre-surveyed for screening. Rapid Entire Body Assessment (REBA) was used to assess the driving posture and data was interpreted using descriptive statistics such as frequency and mean. The mean age of the 17 respondents was 40.35 years old, mean height was 65.71 inches and the mean weight was 67.88kg. The mean years of driving was 12, the mean work days per week was six (6), and the mean distance travelled per day was 188km. The computed mean of frequency of rest breaks was 1.11 hours and mean hours of working/day was 15.71. The mean of score of REBA was 8.47, which was interpreted as high risk. Results showed that as far as socio-demographic and occupational profile of the respondents are concerned, 10 were considered to have high risk for developing WMSDs while four (4) were considered to have medium risk and three (3) were found to have very high risk for developing WMSDs. In conclusion, data showed that the mean REBA score of the 17 bus drivers was 8.47, which was interpreted as high risk for developing WMSDs. The researchers recommend correlating the different risk factors in developing WMSDs in future studies.

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