From The Ergoweb® Learning Center

Male or Female — Who Really Reports More MSDs In The Workplace?

Studies tend to show that females have a higher prevalence of musculoskeletal complaints than males in the workplace, suggesting that gender plays a role in predisposition for injury.  Not so according to Hooftman et al. who performed a survey of papers that examined gender, work-related physical/psychosocial risk factors and musculoskeletal disorders.  When comparing the same risk factor with gender incidence for a specific regional disorder (i.e., back pain), the evidence is inconclusive or, more so, shows males to have a higher incidence of complaints.   

Over 1600 potential articles were identified and assessed with stringent, predetermined, inclusion criteria leading to the detailed review of 31 studies:

This article originally appeared in The Ergonomics Report™ on 2004-11-30.