Risk Assesment of Handloom Weavers in Kerala

Authors : Arjun R Nair

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 3 - March

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7767638

The goal of this study is to evaluate the likelihood that Keralan handloom weavers may develop a musculoskeletal condition. Among the weaving units in Kerala's Balaramapuram, Kothampally, and Chemdamangalam, 80 male handloom weavers were chosen. The likelihood of musculoskeletal problem was evaluated. In order to analyse working posture using REBA, working postures were documented using still photography. For the Rapid Exposure Checklist, assessments of postural issues connected to work in several body areas, such as the back, neck, shoulder/arm, and hand/wrist, were made by observers and workers. The data shows that the mean REBA score is 11, indicating a very high level of risk, and that the mean QEC scores for the neck, back, wrist/hand, and shoulder/arm are, respectively, 17, 31, and 43, indicating high and very high levels of risk. According to REBA, 56.25 percent of weavers were at high risk and 43.75 percent were at extremely high risk. Also, according to QEC, 38.75 percent of weavers are in the very high-risk group, while 61.25 percent are in the high-risk category.


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