A Study of Attitudes and Behaviors in Industries Regarding Implementation of Low-Vibrating Machines and Measures to Reduce Vibration Injuries

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Vibration injuries are the most common approved occupational disease
among men in Sweden. Vibration injuries often involves chronic nerve and vascular damage, reduced ability to work, and great personal suffering. In a project, new
design solutions have reduced harmful vibrations for several hand-held machines.
The machines were tested in demonstration environments in the construction,
stone, and steel industry. Preliminary results on the environments’ readiness for
implementing the machines in their production will be reported in this paper.
The objectives were to investigate the awareness about vibrations and the level
of knowledge and acceptance of low-vibrating machines throughout the organizations. 28 interviews were conducted with persons on several organizational
levels in a large steel works, a quarry, two construction companies, a construction
machine rental company, and a dental engineering laboratory. Interview results
showed that there was a great need for low-vibrating machines because it is the
only way to significantly reduce the vibration exposure. The results however also
showed a need for an increased awareness about the risks with vibrations and
that the understanding and acceptance for new machines is important. Communication between employees and between employees and management needs to
be strengthened. It is important to implement new low-vibrating machines in the
organizations through well thought through change processes.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Environmental Health and Occupational Health
  • Fluid Mechanics and Acoustics
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 21st Congress of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA 2021)
Subtitle of host publicationVolume IV: Healthcare and Healthy Work
ISBN (Electronic) 978-3-030-74611-7
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-74610-0
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389