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Typical whole body vibration exposure magnitudes encountered in the open pit mining industry.

Authors
Howard-B; Sesek-R; Bloswick-D
Source
Work 2009 Nov; 34(3):297-303
NIOSHTIC No.
20036248
Abstract
According to recent research, a causal link has been established between occupational exposure to whole body vibration and an increased occurrence of low back pain. To aid in the further development of an in-house health and safety program for a large open pit mining facility interested in reducing back pain among its operators, whole body vibration magnitudes were characterized for a range of jobs. Specifically, thirty-five individual jobs from five different areas across the facility were evaluated for tri-axial acceleration levels during normal operating conditions. Tri-axial acceleration magnitudes were categorized into thirteen job groups. Job groups were ranked according to exposure and compared to the ISO 2631-1 standard for health risk assessment. Three of the thirteen job groups produced tri-axial acceleration magnitudes below the ISO 2631-1 low/moderate health caution limit for a twelve hour exposure. Six of the thirteen job groups produced exposures within the moderate health risk range. Four job groups were found to subject operators to WBV acceleration magnitudes above the moderate/high health caution limit.
Keywords
Biological-factors; Biological-systems; Ergonomics; Exposure-assessment; Exposure-levels; Exposure-methods; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Miners; Mining-industry; Musculoskeletal-system; Occupational-exposure; Risk-factors; Statistical-analysis; Vibration-effects; Vibration-exposure; Work-analysis; Work-areas; Work-operations; Work-performance; Work-practices; Author Keywords: Whole body vibration; mining
CODEN
WORKFK
Publication Date
20091101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008414
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1051-9815
Source Name
Work
State
UT
Performing Organization
University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
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