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Association Between Farm Machinery Operation and Low Back Disorder in Farmers
A Retrospective Cohort Study Objective: The association between whole body vibration (WBV) as measured by annual accumulated use of all-terrain vehicles (ATV)/combine/tractor operation and low back disorders (LBDs) among farmers was investigated. Methods: Saskatchewan Farm Injury Cohort Study data was used. Baseline data were collected in 2007 on the three vehicle types and other factors. Follow-up data on LBD symptoms were collected during 2013 resulting in 1149 samples. Results: Adjusted for age, education, and gender, LBDs were associated with tractor operation for 1 to 150 hours/year (Relative...
Driving an unloaded bucket resulted in significantly higher levels of vibration exposure than with a loaded bucket.
Although it is not possible to conclude that high levels of WBV exposure were the only cause of the reported neck and back discomfort, vibration levels experienced by the underground mining load-haul-dump ( LHD) operators indicated health risks were likely to develop, with a higher probability of injury to the back. Analysis of all operators’ injury profiles and their vibration profiles will be important in future studies in order to determine whether these variables are related. The mining industry will need to consider a number of different intervention strategies to have an impact on injury...
Whole-body vibration in agriculture
This information sheet outlines the risk of developing back pain from whole-body vibration (WBV) in agriculture and provides an explanation what you can do to reduce exposure to it. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/ais20.pdf

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