the aim of this study was to evaluate muscoskeletal symptoms, quality of life and tasks perceived as most tiring by health care workers performing a patient transfer service for a city hall administration in the countryside of s？o paulo state. a questionnaire was used for collecting demographic and occupational data; an instrument derived from the "nordic questionnaire"; a questionnaire to evaluate quality of life (sf 36) and the borg scale. in this study, 82% workers reported at least one musculoskeletal symptom over the twelve previous months. quality of life was affected in the following aspects: pain, social aspects, and vitality. workers felt that ali tasks related to patient transfer required intense physical effort which compromised their musculoskeletal system.