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Biomechanical modeling of spinal loading due to jarring and jolting for heavy equipment operators.

Authors
Waters-TR; Li-F; Huston-RL; Kittusamy-NK
Source
Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and The 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society. Seoul, Korea: Ergonomics Society of Korea, 2003 Aug; :1-4
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NIOSHTIC No.
20024128
Abstract
This paper describes the development of a multi-body biomechanical model that can be used to assess the risk of low back disorders due to occupational exposure to jarring and jolting from operation of heavy mobile equipment (e.g., trucks, haulers, graders, tractors, etc.) The four-element dynamic spinal model is capable of providing estimates of the force and acceleration responses of the head/neck, upper, lower, and middle torso resulting from vibration input collected in field studies. The paper also presents a method for using the model output to assess an individual's risk of low back disorder due to a specific jarring and jolting exposure.
Keywords
Models; Biomechanical-modeling; Biomechanics; Equipment-operators; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Risk-factors; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-machinery; Mining-industry
Publication Date
20030824
Document Type
Conference/Symposia Proceedings
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
NIOSH Division
SRL
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Traumatic Injuries
Source Name
Ergonomics in the Digital Age: Proceedings of the XVth Triennial Congress of the International Ergonomics Association, and The 7th Joint Conference of the Ergonomics Society of Korea/Japan Ergonomics Society
State
WA
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