Case Report

Workstation design and postural stress

Anthony Golding
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 46, No 1 | a797 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v46i1.797 | © 2018 Anthony Golding | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 September 2018 | Published: 28 February 1990

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Anthony Golding, Environmental Studies Division, National Institute for Personnel Research, South Africa

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Abstract

The growing incidence of occupational musculoskeletal disorders gives cause for concern about the effectiveness of traditional awareness programmes in preventing such problems. Overseas there has been a move towards evaluating work-related factors in an attempt to deal with complaints at their source. This paper outlines the hypothesis that postural constraint, as a result of work design, contributes towards muscular fatigue which is accompanied by an increased likelihood of developing chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Methods of studying the problem and measures used to improve the situation are discussed.


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