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Minimising whole body vibration risks to operators of agricultural and plant machinery

A technical note providing an introduction to Whole Body Vibration (WBV) and how research work at Harper Adams has shown that WBV can be easily reduced on a site-dumper truck.

Year of Publication2009

This two page Harper Adams technical note discusses how operators will experience Whole Body Vibration (WBV) whilst using most agricultural vehicles and plant machinery. Although not directly attributable to causing specific health concerns, WBV is thought to exacerbate existing back complaints and cause operator discomfort which could result in losses of concentration and productivity. There are UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines on exposure to WBV, which must be observed by employers. The note provides a brief introduction to the legislation and provides instructions on how to find out more. Finally the note describes some research work conducted in the Engineering Department at Harper Adams on WBV. The work has shown that WBV can be greatly reduced on a site-dumper truck by using an air suspended seat in place of a conventional sprung version. This change enables a full eight hour day to be worked within HSE WBV guidelines. Sections covered by the note are what is Whole Body Vibration, what are the health & safety risks, are there obligations to control WBV, understanding & measuring WBV, reducing exposure to WBV and Harper Adams Research on reducing WBV.

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