Evaluation of Whole-Body Vibration Exposure of Dozer Operators, a Task-Based Approach


ERDEM B., DOĞAN T., DURAN Z.

MINING METALLURGY & EXPLORATION, vol.39, no.4, pp.1501-1520, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s42461-022-00636-7
  • Journal Name: MINING METALLURGY & EXPLORATION
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1501-1520
  • Keywords: A(8), BS 6841, ISO 2631-1, ISO 2631-5, EU 2002, 44, EC, VDV(8), MINING EQUIPMENT, HEALTH-RISKS, BACK-PAIN, LONG-TERM, DISORDERS
  • Sivas Cumhuriyet University Affiliated: Yes

Abstract

The objective of this study was to evaluate the potential health risk associated with exposure of dozer operators to whole-body vibration. Measurements were made on 31 dozers used in different surface mines in Turkey. Predictions of adverse health effects of vibration were based on the standards BS 6841:1987, ISO 2631-1:1997, ISO 2631-5:2004, and the EU Vibration Directive:2002. Operators experienced high and comparable levels of vibration acceleration and dose during all dozer tasks: pushing the material (DOZE), moving forward (FORWARD), moving backward (REVERSE), and ripping (RIP). Specifically, DOZE, FORWARD, REVERSE, and RIP showed high potential of adverse health effects in terms of vibration dose according to the worst-case axis and vector sum criteria and a moderate adverse health effect for acceleration according to the worst-case axis criterion. Operators of large dozers were exposed to lower levels of vibration. However, no statistically significant relationship between vibration exposure levels and the propelling mechanism and the service time of dozers, operator experience, operator age, and ground type was found.