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Document ID (ISN)108905
CIS number 08-1428
ISSN - Serial title 0169-8141 - International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics
Year 2008
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Mayton A.G., Kittusamy N.K., Ambrose D.H., Jobes C.C., Legault M.L.
Title Jarring/jolting exposure and musculoskeletal symptoms among farm equipment operators
Bibliographic information Sep.-Oct. 2008, Vol.38, No.9-10, p.758-766. Illus. 38 ref.
Abstract Vehicle vibration exposure has been linked to chronic back pain and low-back symptoms among agricultural tractor drivers. The objectives of this study were to assess driver whole-body vibration (WBV) exposures and recommend interventions to reduce the risk of back-related injuries, particularly relative to vehicle jarring/jolting. Field data and health and work history were collected from equipment operators carrying out various tasks with different models of tractors. Ninety-six percent of participants reported having to bend or twist their necks, 24% reported neck symptoms and 64% reported back symptoms. Recommendations included: specifying a seat that better isolates operators from jars/jolts; maintaining the seat suspension; replacing worn or damaged cushions; using larger diameter tires; using a swivel seat to reduce the stress on the neck; improving efforts to educate operators of the adverse effects of WBV exposures.
Descriptors (primary) whole-body vibration; sitting posture; musculoskeletal diseases; agriculture; tractors; drivers seats; risk factors; drivers
Descriptors (secondary) threshold limit values; vibration measurement; public OSH institutions; USA; vibration transmission; backache; limitation of exposure; safe working methods; maintenance
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Occupational medicine, epidemiology
Physiology, ergonomics
Browse category(ies) Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
Work posture
Road transportation