Surveys suggest that transport workers are more exposed to vibrations than the average working population.

European workers in transport over land and through pipelines seem also to be more exposed to vibrations from tools and machinery than the average working population. Several studies demonstrate the detrimental consequences of sustained sitting and being exposed to whole body vibration: exposure to vibrations may lead to back disorders. Based on the information available on heavy machines, the significance of the seat is important when steps to reduce full-body vibrations are taken. Full body vibration, for example caused by the driver’s cabin, may also affect the vision, coordination and the overall functional ability of drivers, and contribute to increased accident risk.

The report identified branches where the number of people that are exposed is rising, e.g. in airport transport and city traffic. Additionally, poorly qualified workers and heavy traffic can be seen as changes in the world of work which cause additional vibration exposure and the effect of globalization is contributing to this tendency in Europe.

 

Source: OSH in figures: Occupational safety and health in the transport sector an overview. European Agency for Safety and Health at Work; 28.03.2011

http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/transport-sector_TERO10001ENC/view

http://osha.europa.eu/en/publications/reports/transport-sector_TERO10001ENC

This report reviews the OSH risks of a wide variety of transport occupations, by analysing statistics and studies, and through selected case examples of prevention. The report has a broad scope: it covers all transport subsectors (rail, water, air and road).

 

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