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Document ID (ISN)100807
CIS number 02-1949
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2002
Convention or series no.
Author(s) TorÚn A., Íberg K., Lembke B., Enlund K., Rask-Andersen A.
Title Tractor-driving hours and their relation to self-reported low-back and hip symptoms
Bibliographic information Mar. 2002, Vol.33, No.2, p.139-146. Illus. 31 ref.
Abstract The purpose of this study was to quantify the total and the annual time spent driving tractors among Swedish farmers and its distribution into different work operations, and to investigate the risk of low-back and hip symptoms in relation to tractor-driving within different work operations. The data were collected from a questionnaire sent to all farms of more than 10ha in a Swedish county. The annual tractor-driving time and the percentage distribution within different work operations were calculated for female and male farm workers, the total group and four sub-groups according to the type of activity (crop, dairy, swine or livestock production). The results showed that the mean annual tractor-driving time was 472h. Ploughing was the most time-consuming operation but it had no influence on the risk for low-back or hip pain. Some of the factors relating to tractor driving that influence the risk for low-back and hip symptoms are discussed.
Descriptors (primary) Sweden; drivers; agriculture; backache; risk factors; tractors
Descriptors (secondary) subjective assessment; whole-body vibration; sex-linked differences; work time schedules; questionnaire survey; hours of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceSweden
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Road transportation
Agriculture