Upper extremity symptoms in supermarket workers

Philip Harber, Laura Peña, Gerard Bland, John Beck

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Upper extremity symptoms in supermarket workers, particularly those who performed checking using laser scanners, were evaluated using a questionnaire administered by trained interviewers to 124 supermarket workers. Summary indices of exposure (shortterm and long‐term) as well as indices of past personal illnesses and personal activities were employed. Outcome data were summarized by four composite symptom indices. Chi square and logistic regression analyses demonstrated that hours of checking work in the preceding 2 weeks and cumulative weighted years of work were associated with adverse upper extremity symptoms. Symptoms involved both the proximal and distal parts of the upper extremities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)873-884
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes


  • arm
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • cumulative trauma disorders
  • ergonomics
  • repetitive motion syndrome
  • spermarket workers
  • upper extremity impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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