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Vibrations from uneven roads could cause musculoskeletal problems for truck drivers

  • 03 December 2012
  • By Chris Tindall

The impact of vibrations from uneven roads on drivers’ health could result in a raft of compensation claims, according to the author of several studies into the problem.

The warning comes as new research into whole-body vibration on timber hauliers in Scotland is due to be published, stating that recorded vibration levels were unacceptably high and could eventually lead to musculoskeletal problems, as well as heart disease.

Johan Granlund, chief technology officer at Vectura Consulting, said “numerous” legal cases have been brought in Sweden from drivers affected by health problems and he expected UK drivers to make compensation claims as the issue becomes more widely understood.

“The employer is obliged by legislation to minimise the vibration,” said the vibration expert. “It’s not easy to solve the problem, but there are so many things that can be done to reduce it. First and foremost is good roads, but the vehicle is also part of this.”

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said its own research showed drivers’ exposure was below action values.

A spokesman added: “HSE has concerns that undue attention can be given to whole-body vibration when other factors present a higher risk.”


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