2016, VOL. 2 ISSUE 2, PART C
Musculoskeletal disorders among farm women engaged in agricultural tasks
Author(s): Dr. Nalini Chandra, Dr. Razia Parvez
Over the years, there is a gradual realization of the key role of women in agricultural development and their vital contribution in the field of agriculture. Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries. The study was conducted on farm women doing agricultural tasks. The sample size comprised of 75 farm women engaged in harvesting of wheat. Questionnaire schedule related to MSDs, observation technique and Body Map were used as a tool for collecting data. Purposive sampling technique was adopted to identify the workers who were suffering from MSDs. In farming activity, squatting, stooping, standing, walking, bending are the main postures adopted by farmers which causes pain in various parts of the body and this leads to MSDs. The continuation of work for long working hours was also the main cause of MSD. The results showed that the prevalence of MSDs was very high among the farm workers and the most affected area were back, knees, shoulder, neck, hand, wrist, thighs, legs and foot. From this study it has been recommended that workers should avoid bad work postures, should take rest period in between the working hours and avoid long working hours as far as possible during their work for reducing job related health.
How to cite this article:
Dr. Nalini Chandra, Dr. Razia Parvez. Musculoskeletal disorders among farm women engaged in agricultural tasks. Int J Home Sci 2016;2(2):166-167.