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Work related diseases in Korean fire fighters

소방공무원의 직무관련질환과 건강실태 조사

  • Roh, Sang-Gyun (Dept. of Emergency Medical Services, Sunmoon University) ;
  • Kim, Jee-Hee (Dept. of Emergency Medical Technology, Kangwon National University)
  • 노상균 (선문대학교 응급구조학과) ;
  • 김지희 (강원대학교 응급구조학과)
  • Received : 2013.08.13
  • Accepted : 2013.10.20
  • Published : 2013.10.28

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to investigate work related diseases in Korean firefighters and to prepare the preventive measure for health management for the firefighters. Structured self-reported questionnaire was distributed to the firefighters. The result revealed that 37.7% of fire fighters had chronic diseases and 12.3% had chronic low back pains. The affected parts included lumbar region(41.5%), shoulder(33.0%), and neck(23.6%). The affected parts caused physical pain and work discomfort for more than a month. A total of 54.1% firefighters visited to the hospital within a year. This results suggest that it is necessary to develop the health promotion program for the prevention of musculoskeletal disease and regular health checkup for the acute disorders caused by workload.

Keywords

Chronic disease;Firefighter;Low back pain;Musculoskeltal disease