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Physical workload and psychosocial working conditions in Swedish pig transport drivers

Wilhelmsson, Sofia ; Andersson, Maria ; Arvidsson, Inger LU ; Dahlqvist, Camilla LU ; Hemsworth, Paul H. ; Yngvesson, Jenny and Hultgren, Jan (2021) In International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics 83.
Abstract

Working conditions of 20 Swedish pig transport drivers (PTD) were assessed by a questionnaire, a workshop, and recorded postures and movements during on-farm loading, driving, unloading at abattoir and vehicle cleaning. High arm positions and high frequencies of shoulder problems indicated an excessive physical load on shoulders. Extreme crouching postures inside vehicles and high frequencies of lower back problems indicated high load on the back of PTDs. Inadequate design of on-farm loading areas was associated with knee discomfort. Observed variation in workload between PTDs could be explained by differences in physical working environment and pig handling practices. PTDs reported high job satisfaction and commitment although... (More)

Working conditions of 20 Swedish pig transport drivers (PTD) were assessed by a questionnaire, a workshop, and recorded postures and movements during on-farm loading, driving, unloading at abattoir and vehicle cleaning. High arm positions and high frequencies of shoulder problems indicated an excessive physical load on shoulders. Extreme crouching postures inside vehicles and high frequencies of lower back problems indicated high load on the back of PTDs. Inadequate design of on-farm loading areas was associated with knee discomfort. Observed variation in workload between PTDs could be explained by differences in physical working environment and pig handling practices. PTDs reported high job satisfaction and commitment although conflicts with farmers and official veterinarians, as well as regulatory conflicts were emphasized. We conclude that issues of inadequate farm and abattoir facilities, stakeholder conflicts and insufficient training in animal handling need to be addressed to ensure sustainable PTD working conditions.

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Handling, Movement, Occupational exposure, Physical, Pigs, Preslaughter transport, Psychosocial, Velocity
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103124
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  author       = {Wilhelmsson, Sofia and Andersson, Maria and Arvidsson, Inger and Dahlqvist, Camilla and Hemsworth, Paul H. and Yngvesson, Jenny and Hultgren, Jan},
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  series       = {International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics},
  title        = {Physical workload and psychosocial working conditions in Swedish pig transport drivers},
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  doi          = {10.1016/j.ergon.2021.103124},
  volume       = {83},
  year         = {2021},
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