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Relationship between whole-body vibration and morbidity patterns among motor coach operators.

Authors
Gruber-GJ; Ziperman-HH
Source
NIOSH 1974 Sep; :1-72
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
00197154
Abstract
An investigation was made of 1,448 interstate bus drivers to determine the effects of whole body vibration exposure on these individuals. Chi square tests of the prevalence of specific chronic conditions in the study group and two comparison groups showed a number of significant differences in their morbidity experience. Evidence seems to implicate whole body vibration as a factor in the development of certain occupational diseases of interstate bus drivers among which are a number of venous, bowel, respiratory, muscular and back disorders. The combined effects of body posture, dietary habits, and whole body vibration cannot be ruled out for such disorders as varicose veins, varicocele, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, appendicitis, and inguinal hernia. Body position, postural fatigue, and whole body vibration may all be operative in the development of spine and supporting structure disorders such as displacement of intervertebral disc, ankylosis of the spine, and vertebrogenic pain syndrome.
Keywords
NIOSH-Contract; Contract-099-72-0047; Vibration-exposure; Mortality-data; Transportation-industry; Muscle-function; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Skeletal-system-disorders
Publication Date
19740901
Document Type
Numbered Publication
Funding Type
Contract
Fiscal Year
1974
NTIS Accession No.
PB-274751
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
(NIOSH) 75-104; Contract-099-72-0047
NIOSH Division
DLCD
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
OH
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