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Whole-Body Vibration Exposure in Construction: Examining Acute Effects, Guidelines, and Risk Mitigation Strategies to Prevent MSD and Injuries

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In construction, exposure to whole body vibration (WBV) is common in daily working life. Whole body vibrations, which are the shakes, bumps, and jolts that are transmitted from the vehicle to an occupant, can be problematic if the exposure is excessive.

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This webinar will: (1) examine the acute effects of WBV, (2) investigate whether established occupational guidelines protect the worker from injurious short-term effects, and (3) offer considerations to mitigate adverse WBV effects in construction work.

Take home messages:

  • There are physical and mental effects from short-term WBV exposure
  • Current whole-body vibration (WBV) exposure guidelines exist for long-term musculoskeletal disorders and discomfort; however, it has been speculated that short-term exposure to excessive WBV may lead to increased risk of vehicle accidents and falls during egress. Current guidelines might not protect workers from acute WBV effects.
  • WBV interventions should address both vibration reduction and potential effects of prolonged sitting. Work arrangement and scheduling strategies might offer a means to mitigate the effects of WBV and other work demands.


Learning Outcomes

Possible acute sensorimotor, physical, and cognitive effects of whole body vibration identified from field and laboratory-based experiments
Whether current whole body vibration guidelines (specifically the EU Directive) protect the worker from acute WBV effects
Strategies to mitigate WBV effects including seating
The combined effects of whole body vibration when sequentially performed with physical and mental work demands


Marcus Yung
Marcus Yung is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Division of General Medical Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine (St Louis, USA). His research interests centers around etiology of work-related musculoskeletal disorders and development of prevention strategies and interventions to mitigate injury risk. He has expertise in lab- and field-based human performance measurement and knowledge in exposure estimation using population-level data. He obtained degrees from Simon Fraser University and University of Waterloo.
Bronson Du
Bronson Du is a research project coordination at the Center of Research Expertise for the Prevention of Musculoskeletal Disorders (CRE-MSD). He completed a MSc in Public Health and Health Systems, and a BSc in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. His master’s thesis topic was on the impacts of whole-body vibration exposure on truck drivers’ vigilance and discomfort. His current research focus is on helping inform standards to prevent and manage work disability in the paramedic sector.

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