Self-rated physical loads of work tasks among firefighters
2014 (English)In: International Journal of Occupational Safety and Ergonomics, ISSN 1080-3548, Vol. 20, no 2, 309-321 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objectives: The present study sought to identify firefighters' rated physical demands for the most frequently occuring work tasks and to determine if the ratings differed between full-time and part-time firefighters to help create a basis for the development of physical employment tests for firefighters.
Methods: An extensive questionnaire was completed by 125 and 68 firefighters in 2000 and 2010, respectively. The data were analysed with the Mann-Whitney U test and binominal test and ranked on the basis of the responses in each category.
Results: Significant differences were seen between the full-time and part-time firefighters. The work tasks rated as the most physically strenous in terms of aerobic fitness, muscle strength, work posture and body control by most responders were smoke diving upstairs (carrying a hose), victim rescue in different ways, carrying a stretcher over terrain and pulling a hose.
Conclusions: Physically strenous work tasks should be included in the end-point performance variables used to select physical performance tests for firefighters. The part-time firefighters with no experience in several of the work tasks suggests that work-related exercises are important if both groups of firefighters are expected to do similar work.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Abingdon: Taylor & Francis, 2014. Vol. 20, no 2, 309-321 p.
emergency personnel, ergonomics, physical demand, performance, tests
Physiotherapy Sport and Fitness Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88433DOI: 10.1080/10803548.2014.11077042ISI: 000338268100011PubMedID: 24934427OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-88433DiVA: diva2:715688