Background: Industrial work involving static, repetitive, and vibratory move-ments is associated with considerable risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Fish-processing workers are highly exposed to various occupational hazards that result in work-related musculo-skeletal disorders (WMSDs). However, literature reviews about MSDs are scarce. Therefore, we present a review of the literature on the prevalence of MSDs and the risk factors associated with fish-processing industry workers. Method: A literature search was conducted in various databases published from inception until 2018. After selection, analysis, and retrieval based on predetermined key words, inclusion, and exclusion criteria, five studies were included. Only articles published in English were considered. Results: In this review, we demonstrate that fish-processing workers are at an increased risk of MSDs. Among these risks, the prevalence of neck and shoulder injury is high. The risk factors involved include (1) beyond 45 years of age, (2) job experience exceeding 3 years, (3) repetitive-ness, that is, the work of a section receiving a cycle time < 30 seconds, and (4 lifting loads > 25 kg ten times per day. Conclusion: The review highlights the increased rate of WMSDs reported and the considerable risk factors among fish-processing workers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-320
Number of pages12
JournalCritical Reviews in Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01-01-2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


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