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Muscuoloskeletal Disorders of Korean Fire Fighters: Applicants for Public Worker`s Compensation from 2011 to 2013
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  • Journal title : Fire Science and Engineering
  • Volume 30, Issue 3,  2016, pp.133-137
  • Publisher : Korea Institute of Fire Science and Engineering
  • DOI : 10.7731/KIFSE.2016.30.3.133
 Title & Authors
Muscuoloskeletal Disorders of Korean Fire Fighters: Applicants for Public Worker`s Compensation from 2011 to 2013
Yoon, Jangwhon;
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The aims of this study were to analyze the Korean fire fighters` applications for the public worker`s compensation between 2011 and 2013 and to suggest a feasible solution for prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders. The Korean Ministry of Public Safety and Security provided the complete list of fire fighters` application from January 2011 to December 2013. 510 applicants with chief complaint of musculoskeletal disorders were screened out of all 1596 applicants. Male applicants were 92%. Fire fighters in their early 40`s applied most frequently, followed by those in early 30`s. Musculoskeletal disorders of fire fighters were reported most frequently in May and June. Regionally, Seoul had most applicants and Jeonbuk showed the highest prevalence. Low back was the most frequently reported body part followed by the knee. Ligament was insured most frequently followed by vertebral disc and bone. The fire fighter`s injury occurred while fire extinguish (38.3%), emergency medical service (37.7%), rescue (12.4%), and other duties. Result of this study suggests further investigation on the large variation in regional prevalence and on the injury mechanism of musculoskeletal disorders especially during the fire extinguish and emergency medical service.
Fire figher;Public worker`s compensation;Musculoskeletal disorders;Low back pain;
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