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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
Agriculture
Vibration