Prevalence of Musculoskeletal disorders among young oil palm harvesting workers

  • มนัส รงทอง Department of Occupational Health and Safety, Faculty of Public Health, Mahidol University
  • อัมรินทร์ คงทวีเลิศ
  • ดุสิต สุจิรารัตน์
  • เพชรรัตน์ ภูอนันตานนท์
Keywords: Prevalence, Musculoskeletal disorders, Oil palm harvesting activities


The oil palm harvesting activities have always been associated with health, safety and ergonomic problem. Especially ergonomic problem is one of the Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), occurred on many causes, such as awkward postures, overloading and repetitive postures. A cross-sectional study was conducted to find the prevalence of MSDs among 270 young oil palm harvesting workers who had an experience of oil palm harvesting at no more than 5 years in Lamae district, Chumphon Province, Thailand. Data were collected by using the modified Nordic questionnaire and face-to-face questionnaire and were analyzed by using descriptive statistics. The study found that prevalence of MSDs in the past 7 days were lower back (61.9%), shoulders or upper arm (30.4%) and hips or thighs (24.4%). In the last 12 months, the study found that prevalence of MSDs was lower back (90.7%), shoulders or upper arm (86.7%) and hips or thighs (76.3%). These finding maybe the health data in promotion, prevention, surveillance, and reduction of hazards from MSDs among young oil palm harvesting workers.


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รงทองม, คงทวีเลิศอ, สุจิรารัตน์ด, ภูอนันตานนท์เ. Prevalence of Musculoskeletal disorders among young oil palm harvesting workers. HCUJOURNAL [nternet]. 2019Jun.26 [cited 2021Dec.8];23(1):77-2. vailable from:
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