Affiliations: [a] School of Human Kinetics, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada | [b] Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
Address for correspondence: Tammy Eger, School of Human Kinetics, Laurentian University, Ramsey Lake Road, Sudbury, Ontario, P3E 2C6, Canada. Tel.: +1 705 675 1151 ext. 1005; Fax: +1 705 675 4845; E-mail: [email protected]
Abstract: Whole-body vibration exposure levels were measured during the operation of fifteen different types of mobile mining equipment commonly used in Ontario mines. A tri-axial seat pad accelerometer was used to measure vibration exposure when the mining vehicle was operated from a seated position and a tri-axial accelerometer secured to floor, between the operator's feet, was used to measure vibration exposure when the mining equipment was operated from a standing position. Measurements were conducted in accordance with the procedures described in the 1997 ISO 2631-1 standard. Determination of likely health risks for equipment operators were based on a comparison of the measured vibration exposure levels with Health Guidance Caution Zone limits presented in Annex B of the ISO 2631-1 standard. Six vehicles (UG haulage truck, bulldozer, 3.5 yard LHD, cavo loader, muck machine, and personnel carrying tractor) were above the Health Guidance Caution Zone limit, assuming an eight hour exposure period while four vehicles (grader, 7 yard LHD, scissor lift truck and locomotive) were within the Health Guidance Caution Zone limit.
Keywords: Whole-body vibration, mining equipment, seated vibration exposure, standing vibration exposure, ISO 2631-1 standard