Assessing exposure to risk factors for work-related musculoskeletal disorders using Quick Exposure Check (QEC) in taxi drivers

Bulduk E. O., Bulduk S., SÜREN T., Ovali F.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF INDUSTRIAL ERGONOMICS, vol.44, no.6, pp.817-820, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 44 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ergon.2014.10.002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.817-820
  • Keywords: Ergonomics, Taxi drivers, Quick Exposure Check, Musculoskeletal disorders, WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION, TRUCK DRIVERS, BUS, HEALTH, INTERVENTION, MANAGEMENT, MALES, JOINT, SPINE, PAIN
  • Ankara Haci Bayram Veli University Affiliated: Yes


Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs) are a common health problem throughout the world. This study aimed to examine the risk factors that are involved in the development of WMSDs in taxi drivers. In total 382 taxi drivers were observed using Quick Exposure Check (QEC) observational tool, which allows practitioners and workers to assess four key areas of the body. Results of the QEC scores were found to be very high for the shoulder/arm, wrist/hand and neck, whereas the scores for the back were found to be high for static use and moderate for moving. The results also showed that the occupational risk factors for WMSDs were associated with restricted postures, repetitive movements, vibration, work related stress. Essential ergonomic interventions are needed to eliminate risk of exposures to WMSDs in taxi drivers.