Longitudinal study of suomussalmi forestry workers II - Vibration exposure

Authors

  • Donald R. Peterson Ergonomic Technology Center, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT, 06030-2017, United States
  • Anthony J. Brammer Ergonomic Technology Center, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT, 06030-2017, United States
  • Esko Toppila Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, FIN-00250 Helsinki, Finland
  • Martin G. Cherniack Ergonomic Technology Center, Univ. of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington CT, 06030-2017, United States
  • Päivi Sutinen Dept. of Phys. Medicine and Rehab., North Karelia Central Hospital, FIN-80210 Joensuu, Finland
  • Marilyn J. Eaman Envir-O-Health Solutions, Ottawa ON, K1J 8W9, Canada

Keywords:

Bandpass filters, Forestry, Datalogger, Forestry operations, Forestry workers, Longitudinal study, Prospective study, RMS accelerations, Tree harvesting, Vibration exposure

Abstract

A thirteen-year prospective study has been conducted of an open cohort of forestry workers, to reconstruct the current vibration exposure using either the ISO frequency weighting, or an unweighted bandpass filter. In this study, methods are described for recording the vibration at the hands, which provide an estimate of the annual exposure when combined with the work history obtained from workers by questionnaire. Day-long vibration exposures at the hands of workers during normal forestry operations were monitored using a compact, custom-built, data-logger based system. The exposures of four forest workers brush cutting, and another four workers tree harvesting, are found. The exposures are reported as 8-hour energy equivalent RMS accelerations for the component directed into the palm.

Published

2011-06-01

How to Cite

1.
Peterson DR, Brammer AJ, Toppila E, Cherniack MG, Sutinen P, Eaman MJ. Longitudinal study of suomussalmi forestry workers II - Vibration exposure. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2011Jun.1 [cited 2021Apr.13];39(2):40-1. Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/2347

Issue

Section

Proceedings of the Acoustics Week in Canada

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