WHOLE-BODY VIBRATION EXPOSURE OF MALAYSIAN TAXI DRIVERS

A.R. Ismail, S.N.A. Abdullah, A.A. Abdullah, B.M. dEROS
2015 International Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering  
During their whole working time, taxi drivers are usually seated. Additionally, longterm exposure to whole-body vibration while driving may lead to diseases and adverse health conditions such as lower-back pain. The objective of this study is to investigate the relationship between measurable whole-body vibration and lower-back pain. This study was conducted on two highways: Kuala Lumpur-Karak Highway and the North-South Highway. A tri-axial seat accelerometer was placed at the point of contact
more » ... he point of contact between the driver and the seat pad. The assessment of whole-body vibration measurement is according to ISO 2631-1. Excessive whole-body vibration has been evidenced as leading to lower-back pain. Taxi drivers are recommended to drive no more than the allowable exposure limit. In this study, the whole-body vibration does not exceed the allowable exposure limit. Therefore, the taxi drivers in this study do not have lower back pain.
doi:10.15282/ijame.11.2015.53.0234 fatcat:veyacu5n5bebpolrbbgjiua67u