Table 1

Cohort characteristics on the 30 different jobs (eight with both sexes represented). Jobs are arranged according to angular wrist velocity. Number of persons (N) and age at entry are based on the total cohort. Total risk time and number of carpal tunnel syndrome cases are based on the dataset used in the analyses. Exposure intensities of wrist angular velocity, mean power frequency and range of motion are based on the electro-goniometric measurements

JobSexN, at entryAge at entry, mean (SD)Total risk time, person yearsCTS cases, NN, measuredAngular velocity, °/s
mean (SD)
MPF, Hz
mean (SD)
ROM, °
Mean*
Office workerMen66 74133.2 (12.6)148 53550183.55 (1.89)0.20 (0.03)50.30
Bank assistantMen15 39129.9 (9.9)35 0744104.31 (1.05)0.24 (0.03)43.43
Truck/fork-lift operatorMen23 37933.8 (11.2)74 74065105.60 (2.55)0.25 (0.06)29.79
Office workerWomen254 22434.8 (11.1)1 182 3811154256.09 (3.51)0.23 (0.05)48.70
Truck driverMen29 80036.7 (11.0)89 05992116.41 (3.76)0.24 (0.04)50.62
Dental hygienistWomen681530.5 (9.5)27 14627127.28 (1.61)0.24 (0.02)57.53
Electronical workerMen643735.2 (12.8)13 22918108.04 (4.03)0.24 (0.03)48.01
PlumberMen694128.6 (7.7)51 90490119.32 (2.22)0.25 (0.01)52.77
SmithMen42 74332.1 (13.0)108 3991291210.21 (2.22)0.25 (0.03)51.22
Wood processing industry workerMen15 56831.3 (11.5)37 511421010.39 (2.97)0.26 (0.04)50.64
Childcare workerWomen72 41433.0 (8.8)402 8295541110.72 (2.46)0.27 (0.03)63.71
Nurse, aideWomen75 90135.1 (10.4)325 2396881011.14 (3.41)0.27 (0.03)59.63
CarpenterMen34 99229.9 (9.7)184 0692431011.60 (2.29)0.25 (0.04)54.65
GardenerMen434830.5 (12.2)10 869111111.63 (2.43)0.28 (0.04)53.36
Cardboard workerWomen51330.3 (11.8)117641011.71 (3.85)0.25 (0.04)57.45
Electronical workerWomen10 67834.3 (10.1)37 155781112.48 (4.93)0.27 (0.04)56.93
ScaffolderMen220930.4 (8.6)591391012.88 (1.64)0.30 (0.05)56.93
Car mechanicMen37 02027.5 (10.6)175 2811881013.77 (2.82)0.27 (0.04)51.43
Cardboard workerMen158133.8 (11.3)6738111013.97 (3.59)0.29 (0.04)50.97
Construction workerMen20 14635.2 (11.4)41 284511014.03 (3.76)0.29 (0.03)49.63
BricklayerMen16 84833.0 (10.5)1 03 2401421014.18 (4.75)0.29 (0.04)50.88
Garbage collectorMen227838.8 (11.2)574751114.31 (2.39)0.34 (0.03)51.30
House painterMen990533.3 (10.8)73 044662514.51 (4.77)0.27 (0.04)55.24
House painterWomen409527.1 (6.8)20 708832514.58 (4.47)0.27 (0.04)57.62
FarmerMen14 37542.8 (11.8)63 005761014.64 (4.84)0.28 (0.03)57.00
Insulation workerMen215134.5 (10.6)726841015.98 (10.02)0.35 (0.11)57.22
Storage workerMen12 97321.9 (9.3)803871017.14 (8.28)0.34 (0.07)48.57
GardenerWomen80128.8 (10.1)16134918.39 (7.19)0.33 (0.07)55.84
Storage workerWomen823718.8 (5.9)204761018.92 (7.53)0.35 (0.08)50.24
HairdresserWomen16 36324.8 (9.3)95 963961019.63 (4.76)0.29 (0.05)65.14
Postal workerMen42 34527.5 (10.3)151 636881020.81 (6.25)0.34 (0.05)60.61
Kitchen assistantWomen84 52829.2 (12,0)200 2635011021.45 (4.00)0.33 (0.03)55.35
Postal workerWomen22 00026.4 (9.0)74 0351701023.28 (5.52)0.35 (0.04)62.43
Fish industry workerMen251634.0 (12.1)44084824.69 (17.50)0.41 (0.20)47.00
CleanersWomen22 52635.6 (12.8)22 3811012427.93 (6.49)0.38 (0.05)59.51
Laundry workerMen152230.8 (12.4)311941030.05 (8.49)0.45 (0.10)54.71
Laundry workerWomen427534.3 (12.1)12 625361331.76 (6.99)0.42 (0.06)56.40
Slaughterhouse workerMen19 83931.5 (10.9)101 3672781037.59 (4.86)0.45 (0.05)52.54
Not in one of the jobs above01 467 8861655
Total1 015 4185 376 9276834
  • *SD could not be measured for ROM, as we did not have access to the individual measurements.

  • CTS, carpal tunnel syndrome; MPF, mean power frequency; ROM, range of motion.