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Assessment of hand-transmitted vibration exposure from motorized forks used for beach-cleaning operations.

Authors
  • McDowell, Thomas W
  • Welcome, Daniel E
  • Warren, Christopher
  • Xu, Xueyan S
  • Dong, Ren G
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Annals of Occupational Hygiene
Publisher
Oxford University Press
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2013
Volume
57
Issue
1
Pages
43–53
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1093/annhyg/mes049
PMID: 22952387
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The study results suggest that the motor should not be operated with the fork in the unloaded state. Anti-vibration gloves are not effective at attenuating the vibration frequencies produced by these forks, and they may even amplify the transmitted vibration and increase hand/arm fatigue. While regular work gloves are suitable, vibration-reducing gloves may not be appropriate for use with these tools. These considerations may also be generally applicable for the use of motorized forks in other workplace environments.

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