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Health and safety among film technicians working extended shifts.

Authors
  • Bourdouxhe, M
  • Toulouse, G
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of human ergology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2001
Volume
30
Issue
1-2
Pages
113–118
Identifiers
PMID: 14564868
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

This paper presents selected results from a pilot research. The study of film technicians' work schedules and occupational hazards was based on a questionnaire administered to all 2200 film technicians (650 valid replies; response rate = 30%), interviews with producers and technicians on film-shooting organization and scheduling, courses in film technique, individual interviews with workers in trade at high risk, and review of the literature on freelancers, on the effects of intermittent work, and on risk factors for musculoskeletal injuries. Work schedules showed a tendency to extremely long work shifts (14 hours per day on average, and up to 19 hours in some trades). Occupational constraints and work schedules were found to relate to an increased risk of work-related injuries. Technicians identified fatigue associated with work schedules as the principal risk of accidents and one of the factors responsible for causing or aggravating their many musculoskeletal injuries. Work schedules were not the only cause of these injuries: stress--due to time constraints, work responsibilities and job insecurity--was also an important risk factor, consistent with the literature on musculoskeletal disorders. Physical workload was also problematic, particularly when demanding tasks had to be performed under severe time constraints.

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