Something we wrote about in passing in last week’s blog got some attention and we’re getting a lot of questions about something called Whole Body Vibration injuries.
These types of injuries occur over time in operators of heavy machinery, and vibration can even exacerbate pre-existing injuries if precautions aren’t taken.
Spinal injury is a definite concern for anyone exposed to Whole Body Vibration, specifically the lumbar region, in addition to fatigue and injury to organs and joints and digestion problems.
Forklift manufacturers have become more aware of these types of conditions and are building their trucks accordingly. Features like vibration and shock-reducing seats and adjustable arm rests seem to combat the vibration-related conditions. Some manufacturers have separated the engine compartment from the cab, and even from the frame of the lift using shock absorbers and cushions.