n Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa - The prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders among pre-adolescent agricultural workers of West Bengal, India : research article

Volume 18, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1010-2728



In India, particularly in West Bengal, pre-adolescents are primarily associated with agricultural works in rural areas mostly due to their socio-economic disadvantage. They are compelled to carry out a considerable amount of manual, rigorous tasks in the agricultural field. For this they have to adopt some undesirable postures that may lead to musculoskeletal disorder (MSD) in the near future. The main aim of the present investigation was to assess the prevalence of MSD among the pre-adolescent agricultural workers (both male and female) of West Bengal. For this study three groups of subjects, an experimental group engaged in hand intensive jobs, control group-I performing lesser amount of hand intensive job and control group-II pursuing only education were selected. A modified Nordic questionnaire was used for all groups. It is evident from this study that these very young agricultural workers who are required to constantly bend and twists during work will experience transient fatigue, pain and eventually MSDs.

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