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Investigation of vehicle jarring/jolting on self-propelled farming equipment.

Mayton AG; Ambrose DH; Jobes CC; Matty TJ
NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh, PA: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2003 Oct; :28
This presentation will update an ongoing, NORA-sponsored project in which NIOSH researchers are studying the injury risk associated with operator exposure to vehicle jarring/jolting on mobile farming equipment. Field and laboratory data collection are described, and findings from the analysis of data are discussed. Field data were collected for tractor operators during baling, mowing, and tilling and for a skid-steer loader operator during removal of a small tree. Preliminary results show that the operator of the skid-steer loader is exposed to higher levels of vehicle jarring/jolting than the tractor operators for the said operations. Moreover, the results are highlighted for health and work history data collected from 50 farmers and farm equipment operators attending a major farm bureau convention and annual meeting. Further, researchers discuss a computer-based, seat-suspension model that will enable researchers to determine how effective the seat suspension will attenuate jars and jolts. The model will also aid in the evaluation of engineering controls to lower the risk of worker injury. The results of this project could be used to significantly reduce operator lost-time injuries associated with vehicle jarring/jolting.
Agricultural machinery; Tractors; Farmers; Engineering controls; Injuries; Injury prevention; Agricultural workers
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Research Tools and Approaches: Control Technology and Personal Protective Equipment
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NOIRS 2003-Abstracts of the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium 2003, October 28-30, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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