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Visibilization of Hidden Characteristics of Firefighting Tasks and Factors Predictive of Firefighters’ Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences, Human Work Science. University of Ghana Business School, Legon.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0147-0680
University of Ghana Business School, Legon.
2019 (English)In: Advances in Safety Management and Human Factors: Proceedings of the AHFE 2018 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, July 21-25, 2018, Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Studios, Orlando, Florida, USA / [ed] Pedro Miguel Ferreira Martins Arezes, Cham, 2019, p. 382-393Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Based on the notion that the Fire-service profession is a strenuous and hazardous occupation, this study explored and identified the hidden characteristics of firefighting tasks, and factors predictive of firefighters’ work-related musculoskeletal disorders in the Ghana Fire Service. Quantitative data was collected from three hundred and six firefighters and analyzed using both factor and correlation analysis. It was found that the firefighters experience several traumas characterized by exposure to human entrapment and loss in fires accidents, and personal terrible sensory experiences, the enormity of which increase with increasing years of firefighting-task performance. The firefighters are also exposed to several WMSDs whose enormity is felt irrespective of years of task performance. It is concluded that the identified hidden aspects of the firefighting-task characteristics provide insights into the enormity of trauma and WMSD associated with the task performance, which could be used to optimize the future design and management of the firefighting-task.

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Cham, 2019. p. 382-393
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Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, ISSN 2194-5357 ; 791
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Human Work Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-69894DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-94589-7_37Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85049697616ISBN: 978-3-319-94588-0 (print)ISBN: 978-3-319-94589-7 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-69894DiVA, id: diva2:1224137
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AHFE 2018 International Conference on Safety Management and Human Factors, Orlando, Florida, July 21-25, 2018
Available from: 2018-06-26 Created: 2018-06-26 Last updated: 2018-08-10Bibliographically approved

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