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Whole-body vibration and postural stress among operators of construction equipment: a literature review.

Authors
Kittusamy-NK; Buchholz-B
Source
J Saf Res 2004 Jul; 35(3):255-261
NIOSHTIC No.
20031535
Abstract
Abstract: Introduction: Operators of construction equipment perform various duties at work that expose them to a variety of risk factors that may lead to health problems. A few of the health hazards among operators of construction equipment are: (a) whole-body vibration, (b) awkward postural requirements (including static sitting), (c) dust, (d) noise, (e) temperature extremes, and (f) shift work. It has been suggested that operating engineers (OEs) are exposed to two important risk factors for the development of musculoskeletal disorders: whole-body vibration and non-neutral body postures. Method: This review evaluates selected papers that have studied exposure to whole-body vibration and awkward posture among operators of mobile equipment. There have been only few studies that have specifically examined exposure of these risk factors among operators of construction equipment. Thus other studies from related industry and equipment were reviewed as applicable. Conclusion: In order to better understand whole-body vibration and postural stress among OEs, it is recommended that future studies are needed in evaluating these risk factors among OEs.
Keywords
Exposure-levels; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-methods; Construction; Construction-equipment; Construction-industry; Construction-materials; Construction-workers; Dust-exposure; Equipment-operators; Posture; Vibration-effects; Vibration-exposure
Contact
NK Kittusamy, NIOSH, Spokane Res Lab, 315 E Montgomery, Spokane, WA 99207
CODEN
JSFRAV
Publication Date
20040701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
NFK8@CDC.GOV
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
0022-4375
NIOSH Division
SRL
Source Name
Journal of Safety Research
State
WA; MA
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