Disclosure Statement: Dr. Quandt has funding from the CDC/NIOSH (R01OH009251) to study occupational injuries in Latino poultry workers.
Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
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American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 2, pages 197–205, February 2013
How to Cite
Schulz, M. R., Grzywacz, J. G., Chen, H., Mora, D. C., Arcury, T. A., Marín, A. J., Mirabelli, M. C. and Quandt, S. A. (2013), Upper body musculoskeletal symptoms of Latino poultry processing workers and a comparison group of Latino manual workers. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 197–205. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22100
The authors have no competing financial interests.
- Issue published online: 15 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 27 JUL 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 3 JUL 2012
- Centers for Disease Control, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Grant Number: R01 OH009251
- musculoskeletal symptoms;
- poultry processing;
- upper extremity disorders;
- immigrant workers;
- occupational health and safety;
Upper body musculoskeletal injuries are often attributed to rapid work pace and repetitive motions. These job features are common in poultry processing, an industry that relies on Latino immigrants. Few studies document the symptom burden of immigrant Latinos employed in poultry processing or other manual jobs.
Latino poultry processing workers (n = 403) and a comparison population of 339 Latino manual workers reported symptoms for six upper body sites during interviews. We tabulated symptoms and explored factors associated with symptom counts.
Back symptoms and wrist/hand symptoms lasting more than 1-day were reported by over 35% of workers. Poultry processing workers reported more symptoms than comparison workers, especially wrist and elbow symptoms. The number of sites at which workers reported symptoms was elevated for overtime workers and workers who spoke an indigenous language during childhood.
Workplace conditions facing poultry processing and indigenous language speaking workers deserve further exploration. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:197–205, 2013. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.