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Document ID (ISN)110823
CIS number 10-0402
ISSN - Serial title 0003-6870 - Applied Ergonomics
Year 2010
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Milosavljevic S., Bergman F., Rehn B., Carman A.B.
Title All-terrain use in agriculture: Exposure to whole body vibration and mechanical shock
Bibliographic information July 2010, Vol.41, No.4, p.530-535. Illus. 30 ref.
Abstract Whole body vibration (WBV) and mechanical shock were measured in 12 New Zealand farmers during their daily use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). As per the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) guidelines for WBV exposure, frequencies between 0 and 100Hz were recorded via a seat-pad tri-axial accelerometer during 20min of ATV use. The farmers were also surveyed to estimate seasonal variation in daily ATV usage as well as 7-day and 12-month prevalence of spinal pain. Frequency-weighted vibration exposure and total riding time were calculated to determine the daily vibration dose value. Findings are discussed. The results demonstrate high levels of vibration exposure among New Zealand farmers. Practical recommendations to reduce their exposure to WBV are proposed.
Descriptors (primary) shock; whole-body vibration; tractors; agricultural equipment; agriculture
Descriptors (secondary) New Zealand; backache; vibration measurement; exposure evaluation; vibration dosimetry; subjective assessment; limitation of exposure
Document type D - Periodical articles
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Physical hazards
Browse category(ies) Exposure evaluation
Occupational exposure limits