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Role of Rest Period: An Ergonomic Study on Sewing Machine Operators

Author Affiliations

  • 1Home Science, G.G.S.S.S, Delhi, INDIA
  • 2SHIATS, Allahabad, INDIA

Res. J. Family, Community and Consumer Sci., Volume 2, Issue (7), Pages 12-14, August,27 (2014)


The study was conducted in readymade garment manufacturing units. The sample size was consisted of 55 men and women working as sewing machine operators. The questionnaire, observations method and body map was used in the workplace. It is revealed male 45.5per cent and 41.8 per cent female workers took the rest period of maximum half an hour and one hour. 52.8 per cent male and female 34.6 per cent workers experienced pain once in between a week and one month. Majority of male and female workers experienced pain once in between a week and one month. Shoulder, neck, hand and back pains are the symptoms of some musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). The results showed that the rest period is very important in order to keep the body in healthy condition. After doing continuous wok one develops fatigue which causes MSDs.


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