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Physical workload and psychosocial working conditions in Swedish pig transport drivers

Wilhelmsson, Sofia and Andersson, Maria and Arvidsson, Inger and Dahlqvist, Camilla and Hemsworth, Paul H. and Yngvesson, Jenny and Hultgren, Jan (2021). Physical workload and psychosocial working conditions in Swedish pig transport drivers. International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. 83 , 103124
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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 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.

Authors/Creators:Wilhelmsson, Sofia and Andersson, Maria and Arvidsson, Inger and Dahlqvist, Camilla and Hemsworth, Paul H. and Yngvesson, Jenny and Hultgren, Jan
Title:Physical workload and psychosocial working conditions in Swedish pig transport drivers
Series Name/Journal:International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year of publishing :2021
Volume:83
Article number:103124
Number of Pages:9
Publisher:ELSEVIER
ISSN:0169-8141
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Copyright:Creative Commons: Attribution 4.0
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 203 Mechanical Engineering > Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Egonomics
Keywords:Occupational exposure, Physical, Psychosocial, Velocity, Movement, Handling, Pigs, Preslaughter transport
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112512
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-112512
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DOI10.1016/j.ergon.2021.103124
Web of Science (WoS)000649615900008
ID Code:24746
Faculty:VH - Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
Department:(VH) > Dept. of Animal Environment and Health
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:29 Jun 2021 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:31 Jul 2021 02:20

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