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Table 2 Prevalence of symptoms and consequences of musculoskeletal disorders in the past 12 months among shipyard employees (n = 853)

From: Musculoskeletal disorders in shipyard industry: prevalence, health care use, and absenteeism

  White collars (n = 229) Metal workers (n = 287) Welders (n = 93) Other blue collars (n = 244)
Low back pain (%)     
   12 months prevalence 39.3 33 39.8 37.9
   sickleave in past 12 months 14.8 12.2 17.2 18.9
   health care in past 12 months 17.9 17 20.4 21.4
Shoulder/neck pain (%)     
   12 months prevalence * 27.9 14.6 18.3 25.2
   sickleave in past 12 months 4.4 4.4 7.5 5.0
   health care in past 12 months 11.8 7.5 8.6 8.0
Hand/wrist pain (%)     
   12 months prevalence 17.0 15.3 10.8 13.4
   sickleave in past 12 months 2.6 4.1 2.2 2.9
   health care in past 12 months 6.6 7.1 5.4 8.4
  1. * x2 test, p < 0.05