Whole-body vibration management

 

Operators of mining equipment are exposed to high amplitude whole-body vibration. This exposure is strongly associated with the subsequent development of back pain and other adverse health effects. Managing these exposures requires systematic and regular measurement of vibration amplitudes as part of a comprehensive whole-body vibration management plan, however current “gold-standard” measurement devices are expensive and complex.


This project has developed and validated an iOS application which allows an iPod Touch to be used to estimate whole-body vibration exposure. Preliminary investigations funded by Rio Tinto Coal were promising and funding was awarded from the Coal Services Health and Safety Trust (CSHST) to develop and validate an iOS application (WBV). The subsequent stage of the research, funded by the Australian Coal Association Research Program, assessed the use of the application at surface coal mines. Work with underground coal mines funded by CSHST is now underway.


Interest from potential industry collaborators is invited. Please contact Prof Robin Burgess-Limerick, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, The University of Queensland.