Occupational health project "Combination of whole body vibration and posture

Project No. FF-FP 0306




Back pain is a wide-spread problem which affects many persons at workplaces and has various causes. Especially occupations associated with driving are of interest, as these are associated with vibrations transferred to the employee via the seat (whole body vibration). Whole body vibrations (WBV) are known to be harmful for the spinal discs, especially over several years of exposure. In the case of simultaneous exposure to awkward body postures during driving, the possible damage to the discs could increase. Therefore, this study examines the association between whole body vibration, awkward posture and back pain in drivers of various machines.


Four sub-groups will be examined: drivers with high intensity whb and normal/awkward body posture and drivers with low intensity WBV and normal/awkward body posture. Ten workplaces of each subgroup will be examined using the CUELA measuring system and sixty workers of each sub-group will be physically examined using the Fokus method of the G46, furthermore, they will be asked to fill in a questionnaire concerning potential confounders. All data will be used to create exposure matrices and risk profiles for the development of back pain.

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Financed by:
  • Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung e.V. (DGUV)
Research institution(s):
  • Institut für Arbeitsschutz der Deutschen Gesetzlichen Unfallversicherung (IFA)
  • RWTH Aachen

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Type of hazard:

Lärm/Vibrationen, Mechanische Gefährdungen


Muskel-Skelett-Erkrankungen (außer Krebserkrankungen), Ergonomie, Prävention

Description, key words:

whole body vibration (WBV), posture

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