Long duration measurements of whole-body vibration exposures associated with surface coal mining equipment compared to previous short-duration measurements

Burgess-Limerick, Robin and Lynas, Daniellie (2016) Long duration measurements of whole-body vibration exposures associated with surface coal mining equipment compared to previous short-duration measurements. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 13 5: 1-18. doi:10.1080/15459624.2015.1125486


Author Burgess-Limerick, Robin
Lynas, Daniellie
Title Long duration measurements of whole-body vibration exposures associated with surface coal mining equipment compared to previous short-duration measurements
Journal name Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1545-9624
1545-9632
Publication date 2016-01-15
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/15459624.2015.1125486
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 13
Issue 5
Start page 1
End page 18
Total pages 18
Place of publication New York, United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Language eng
Abstract Previous measurements of whole-body vibration associated with earth-moving equipment at surface coal mines have highlighted the significance of the hazard. Considerable variability in measurement amplitudes, even within the same equipment type operated at the same site, has been noted. However, the measurements have previously been undertaken for relatively short durations. Fifty-nine measurements were collected from a range of earth-moving equipment in operation at a surface coal mine. Measurement durations ranged from 100 minutes to 460 minutes (median = 340 minutes). The results indicate that the measurements previously observed are not an artifact of the relatively short durations and confirm that operators of dozers and off-road haul trucks, in particular, are frequently exposed to vertical whole-body vibration levels which lie within, or above, the Health Guidance Caution Zone defined by ISO2631.1. Further investigations are justified to identify opportunities for reducing operators' exposure to high amplitude vibrations.
Keyword Whole-body vibration
Mining
Earth-moving equipment
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Accepted manuscript published online 15 January 2016

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