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Nassiri P, Ali Mohammadi I, Beheshti M H, Azam K. Evaluation of Massey Ferguson Model 165 Tractor Drivers exposed to whole-body vibration. JHSW. 2013; 3 (3) :55-66
URL: http://jhsw.tums.ac.ir/article-1-5080-en.html

1- Professor of Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Assistant Professor Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
3- MSc of Department of Occupational Health Engineering, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , beheshtihasan8@gmail.com
4- Associate Professor Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, School of Public Health, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
Abstract:   (24948 Views)

Introduction: Tractor drivers are continuously exposed to whole body vibration during driving that, this may cause disorders in the system of musculoskeletal, nervous, circulatory and occupational diseases. The aim of this study was to evaluate exposed to whole body vibration among tractor driver.

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Material and Method: In this study, whole-body vibration parameters such as root mean square (rms) of acceleration , total equivalent acceleration, vibration dose value (VDV) and crest factor (CF) were separately compared in three directions (x, y, and z) , in 3 Massey Ferguson Model 165 Tractor it was done during 3 different modes of transport (without trailer, with empty trailer and with a trailer load of soil) , plowing the land and loading trailer in working conditions with various gear according to the guidelines of ISO 2631 standard.

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Result: The results showed that in all measuring points, exposure to whole body vibration was higher than permissible level and the risks of disorders exist. Exposure to vibration were as with empty trailer (43.11m/s2). The maximum of crest factor was obtained for transportation mode of empty trailer with 3 gear (10.7), then plowing (7.35) and loading soil(6.50). The maximum of vibration dose value was eventuated for transportation mode with empty trailer with 4 gear (189.92 m/s1.75) and 3 gear (108.15m/s1.75). In all measuring modes exposure with vibration in Y direction was greater than X and Z axes.

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Conclusion: This study shows that the need to provide intervention , controlling and managing measures to eliminate or reduce exposure to whole body vibration among tractor drivers its necessary. And, preventing main disorder Including musculoskeletal disorders, discomfort and early fatigue is of circular importance. More studies are also necessary to identify the sources of vibration among various of tractors.

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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2013/07/21 | Accepted: 2013/12/16 | Published: 2014/01/8

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