Shaking All Over

Newly published research from the ErgoLab Team quantifies vibration from farm machinery on the Canadian prairies.

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Lead author Xiaoke Zeng and supervisor Catherine Trask, together with Aaron Kociolek, Muhammad Khan, Steve Milosavljevic, and Brenna Bath, conducted this work as part of the Farmers Back Study.  The paper is titled "Vibration Exposure Patterns in Canadian Prairie Farmers" and shows agricultural workers are frequently exposed to whole body vibration while operating farm equipment, presenting a substantial risk to musculoskeletal health including the low back. Assessing vibration exposure is critical in promoting a safe occupational environment and may inform interventions to reduce farmer’s exposure to vibration.